Jan 3, 2010

Sunday Soaking - Would you recognize Him?

Recently I read a book called "the organic God" by Margaret Feinberg. I am in the process of reading the book again, and thought I would share the process with you on Sundays.

The author is a woman who I would like to be friends with. She has a website and is an author and speaker... so I guess it would make her famous. She has a refreshing conversational tone to her writing that makes you feel a little bit like you are sitting in her living room having a great conversation about God.

The book is about different characteristics of God that she reflects on and relates to her life through stories.

Today's scripture come from the Gospel of Luke, right after Jesus' death and resurrection.

Luke 24:13-24
Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.
He asked them, "What are you discussing together as you walk along?"
They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, "Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?"
"What things?" he asked.
"About Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn't find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see."

The men in the above verses were followers of Jesus. They probably spent time with him face to face. Yet, at this moment, they can't recognize him.

It makes me wonder. If I saw him on the street, would I recognize him?

I would like to say yes. But I can't.

I don't know.

In the first two chapters, Ms. Feinberg discusses the luminescent and organic qualities of God.

She points out that God is organic in the simple, healthful, natural way that He is, and in the way that we hunger for Him.

I'll admit that I wish my relationship with the God of the Universe was more simple. I wish I could be simply devoted to Him. I would make a resolution about it, but it is such an ambiguous goal. It's like saying I want to have a relationship with the ocean. Often, like the men in the above passage I am so distracted by what I think God SHOULD be, that I miss who He is.

I am excited to renew my passion for God in a real, practical way. I am sorry that my relationship with God has at time resorted to lip service and meaningless religion. I desire to be able to introduce those around me to a big, living, magnificent God. One who deeply cares about every individual and loves each of His children.

But I must ask you a question:
If you met Him on the street, would you recognize Him?
What do YOU LOVE about Jesus?

Just me, AJ

4 comments:

  1. Interesting posts you have, though I think Christianity is dead and will be redeemed and brought to fruition and perfection through Thelema. Check out my blog at http://christianityisdead.wordpress.com/ if you will. Love is the law, love under will. ;)

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  2. This was a nice post to read. I am at a bit of a crossroads in my relationship with the Lord. I'm not sure I'd recognize Him, but sometimes I wonder if He would recognize me. I am certainly not living up to the potential He's given me. I'll have to ponder a little longer! By the way- thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  3. That is a hard question, but I think the Holy spirit would let us know that we are seeing Him!
    I feel we do see Him in eachother, when we express love and humility and grace:)
    Glad u are back mama!

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  4. What a fantastic post!!! I am so glad I stopped in from SITS! I like you would hope that I would recognize God...but, I'm not sure. So many people put God in a box with all of the specifications and boundaries. God is and AWESOME God who transcends all time and all knowing. To think about his realm of being is baffling to me and it is something I will never grasp.

    Thanks for this post today...it's got me thinking :)
    Happy New Year!

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