By Nancy Markham
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us” – A. W. Tozer
Close your eyes for just a minute as if you are getting ready to pray. Before you open your mind or your mouth to pray, what do you perceive God to be?
What is He like? Is He warm, welcoming, smiling? Or is he distant, cold, and impersonal with principles you are supposed to follow?
Is He a lot like one of your parents who made you feel like no matter what you did, you could never measure up? Or is He laid-back, saying “Hey whatever, just do whatever”?
What is He like?
If we do not have a true picture of the nature and character of God, then every single thing in our lives will be affected. When our perspective of God is incorrect, our perspective on everything else will be skewed.
Here’s the good news: the closer and clearer we see God as He truly is, everything changes.
This is what we know:
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”
2 Corinthians 3:18
As we experience glimpses of God accurately, the Holy Spirit is able to transform us from the inside out into the image of His Son.
What if knowing God was the number one priority in your life?
What if you, like Paul, said, “I want to know You and the power of your resurrection and the fellowship of your sufferings, being conformed to Your death” (Philippians 3:10). Or like Moses, “Let me know Your ways that I may know You” (Exodus 33:13).
If you desire to take a step in that direction, come join us for a church-wide study, Show Us Your Glory, where you will have the opportunity to discover more of the true nature and character of God.
There will be three components to the study each week:
- A video, audio, or written teaching with discussion questions provided
- Reading from the book, The Knowledge of the Holy, with Prayer Practices connected to the reading
- Daily Scripture Reflections
The discovery of the nature of God is an eternal journey. We will never cease to find new and marvelous realities of who God is and what He is like. Won’t you accept His call to this great, holy, and majestic adventure!?
You can view the Small Group Schedule to find a group that fits you and email Nancy at nmarkham @ christchurchbham.com or call the chruch office at (205) 991-5065.
Nancy Markham is the Discipleship Minister at Christ Church. Wife to Rob and mother to Madoline and Patrick, she is gifted in administration and teaching. Nancy enjoys reading, hiking, snow skiing, biking, and hanging out at the lake. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern University.