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This morning my pastor talked about how we sometimes use Jesus more as a ticket to heaven rather than a leader for our everyday life. Very interesting stuff and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the messages from this series. Something that struck me was his demonstration of the gap between us and God. Growing up in church, I’ve seen that little illustration a million times. You know, the one where “you” are on one cliff and “God” is on the other and there’s a big gap in between and “however can you reach God with the big gap between you?” Duh…you draw a cross connecting the two cliffs and call it “Jesus.” That, I get. I completely understand that the fall of man separated us from God in a way that we could never earn back on our own, hence Jesus sacrificing Himself for all of us.
That wasn’t the part of the demonstration that struck me. It’s where it went next that made me think.
He flipped around the “you” block to reveal the “current you” and he flipped around the “God” block to reveal the “imagined you.” The “current you” is just that…who you are now…in all your short-comings, faults, stupid decisions, imperfections, etc. The “imagined you” is who you are as God imagined you to be when He spoke you into creation. The “who you are in God’s image” you. And then, of course, there was still the gap.
I had never thought of this before. Sure, I get that Jesus came to connect me and my Father…but He ALSO came to connect the current me to God’s me. He came to bridge the gap between who I would be if I had control and who God wants me to be – a follower of His who glorifies Him in my love. I want to be God’s me.
I feel like Jesus has seemed somewhat missing from this journey I’ve been on. Well, not necessarily missing because I know He never leaves…more like…in the backseat. Obviously God has played a big part in the decisions I’ve made but I know I could invite Him to take control more than I have.
I’m hoping to learn a lot from the next couple of weeks on how to do that. I’m guessing I’ll be living quite possibly all of my life here on this earth in this gap between “current me” and “imagined me.” I know that living in that gap will be much easier with Jesus by my side rather than going at it alone.
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