“When we know the truth about God, it fills us with wonder. If we fail to understand his true character, we’ll never be amazed by Him. We’ll never feel small as we stare up at Him. We’ll never worship Him as we ought. We’ll never run to Him for refuge or realize the great love He’s shown in bridging the measureless distance to rescue us.” Dug Down Deep / Joshua Harris
I’m going to give you 5 reasons why God blows my mind… and should or could blow yours
- God is so creative
It never ceases to surprise me how radical and creative God is. And every day scientists are discovering new things, not only about the universe and stars, but about our own planet and even our own bodies.
In fact, scientists discovered 18000 new species last year!
Did you also know that if you stretched out your DNA code it would stretch all the way to the sun and back 4 times! It would stretch out to the moon and back 1500 times!
The human genome, the genetic code in each human cell, contains 23 DNA molecules each containing from 500 thousand to 2.5 million nucleotide pairs. DNA molecules of this size are 1.7 to 8.5 cm long when uncoiled, or about 5 cm on average.
You have about 10 trillion cells in your body, so if you stretched the DNA in all the cells out, end to end, they’d stretch over 744 million miles. The sun is 93,000,000 miles away, so your DNA would reach there and back about 4 times!
And if you laid out all your veins from end to end you’d be dead.
- The Bible more than just a book
One of the first books I ever read as a newbie Christian was about how awesome the bible was. That it was more than just a book and that there were all these proofs to prove that the bible is 100% accurate and more cooler than you could imagine. There are science things that the bible proved FIRST – like in Job – the oldest written book of the bible it talks about how the earth is a dome that floats suspended in the stars…. yet for about another 1000 years science of the day said that the earth was flat and was balancing on the back of a turtle, standing on an elephant… seriously!
There are also lots of archelogical evidence that backs up even some of the wildest claims of the bible… like on top of mt Sinai where the presence of God came with thunder and lightening that could be seen for 40 days and 40 nights…. the top of that very mountain is scorched black.
Reading that book as a newbie Christian meant that I was so intrigued and so wowed by how awesome the bible was that I began to read it and read it and read it. And then I discovered something even more cooler than archelogy and science – that God speaks through the bible. There are times when something jumps out at you and its just for you and speaks into your situation.
When I was thinking of moving to Auckland from Dunedin I was thinking about how to get here. The most logical was to fly – I didn’t own a car, didn’t want to bus or train and walking well…. out of the option! Anyway I was reading my bible and a verse from the book of Isaiah jumped out at me… “you shall not go by flight or by haste…” seriously! I was like WOW, not by flight. Okay, no Air New Zealand for me…. hmmmm so how was I going to get to Auckland???!!! That week I got given a car! Seriously! Imagine if I’d gone and brought those tickets to fly… yikers!
So reading the bible is more than just a good idea! It’s a God idea and a way that He communicates who He is, what He does, how He loves you and how to live.
- We can know Him.
“When we are thirsty for God, God will satisfy that longing. And as we continue to SEEK God, we’ll grow to know him more and more intimately. When we hear God’s voice, we’ll recognize it instantly. We’ll talk to God all the time and miss him when circumstances distract us from his presence. We’ll build a history together, storing up story after story of shared experiences. We’ll love God. We’ll trust God. We’ll know God.” Craig Groeschel
Testimony – at youth group the first time – really know God. I had no idea of what that meant or looked like, but man did I want that.
As I’ve gone on further in the journey I’ve learned that knowing God is about developing friendship with God and about stirring our hearts affection for Him, which is a fancy way of saying that we keep on falling in love with Him, or a more manly way of saying it, that we keep on having our minds blown so that we’re totally like in awe and want to know more.
So how do we know Him? How do we become friends with God? I mean, isn’t He far far away, on a cloud, manscaping His epic white beard while fat angels in nappies play on harps? NO!
God is personal and near and we can hear and feel Him. James 4:8 says Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. What this means is that we carve out time to hang out with God and we read the Bible to find out more about who He is and what He does. We pray – not just an intense shopping list type monologue but listening as well. Worship helps us draw near to God – both here at HKC or on Sunday at church, but also at home. We had a speaker here on Sunday night and he talked about PDA with God – you know what PDA is eh – well he talked about our PUBLIC displays of affection and our personal, private displays of affection towards God. As we make that real in our lives we grow to know Him and recognise His voice. We create a history.
What an amazing invitation – that we can know God.
- His love for us no matter what we do or who we are.
Would who she was really be enough? There was no magic to help her this time. This is perhaps the greatest risk any of us will ever take—to be seen as we truly are // Cinderella 2015
God loves us, as we truly are. He sees us, as the Cinderella in the rags, barefooted and stained with ash.
He saw us before we were born and made us on purpose, with purpose.
No matter what you do or what you’ve done or what you will do, He will love you. Now that’s not a giant permission slip to run crazy and all that – because that so wont help in life… but it takes that pressure off to be good enough. Plain as, we cant be good enough. That is why Jesus came and lived a perfect life, He was good enough, and died on the cross, to open the doors of God’s love for us to us.
You might be sitting here tonight and thinking I’m not much, I’m no one special, if you saw who I was on the inside, if you knew what I did, what I said, what I thought, well…. you’d kick me right out. But God loves us, no matter what we do or who we are. He doesn’t make junk and He made you.
But more than that. He chooses us to partner with Him. Christianity isn’t a spectator sport, its all in the game!
Yet again that voice might be saying, but eeek if you saw what I’m really like…. God looks at you and says YES I CHOOSE YOU. YOU’RE ON THE TEAM.
God has a history of using weak, flawed human beings.
Mary was an unwed mother. Oh the shame.
Matthew was a tax collector who ripped off his own countrymen to line his own pockets.
David slept with someones wife, got her pregnant and the murdered her husband.
Jonah ran away from God.
Elijah was depressed and suicidal.
Jacob was a liar and a cheat.
Peter the disciple and first leader of the early church was flaky.
Paul, who wrote at least ½ of the New Testament, orchestrated the genocide of Christians in the early church.
Lazarus was dead!
Yet God chose them to serve Him and to do extraordinary things.
He knows the risk and He sees us as we truly are and loves us and calls us regardless. It’s the true Cinderella moment.
- When He died for our sins, they were all in the future. He knew about them all and He did it anyways.
I have to confess, that one makes me lose my breath a little bit. In a way it goes hand in hand with #4 – that He loves us no matter what, no matter who we are or what we do.