From: David Kabanje
Date: September 10, 2021
Subject: GMU: Illegitimate God

Beautiful People, 

The greatest tragedy I have experienced is cultivating an illegitimate concept of God and others. It’s a strange occurrence when the reality of God meets our perception of God. What do I mean by this? Well, here is a story. A ruler comes to Jesus with an inquiry. He says, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus responded, “Why do you call me good? No one is good—except God alone” (Luke 18:18-19). Christ doesn’t dismiss the inquiry; however, He points out a tragic reality that plagues us periodically, conceptualizing God. We all do it; I do it too frequently. An example of this tragedy is when we box God in religion or legalistic attitudes and behaviors. We call God good; however, do we have a personal relationship with God’s goodness? Why do you call God good? Has your concept of God met the reality of God? Authentic transformation begins with us meeting Jesus, as He is. After Job’s tragic episode of losing his wealth, health, and family, he says this, “I had only heard about you before,
but now I have seen you with my own eyes” (Job 42:5). The book of Job displays a man of integrity and character go through hell and back. He asks God “why,” and when God appears, Job’s response is, “I thought I knew You. I had a concept and framework about You, God, but now that I have seen you, I am humbled, and I repent.” What a response. So, friends, why is God good? I challenge myself and you to drop our concept of God and meet God as He is. How do we do this? It starts with our hearts. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). Take this promise to heart. 
You are loved, and you matter! 
P.S. We have Family Worship tonight, and Tracy Wood will speak! As a reminder, V2 will be at 7:30 PM at the Quad (space between Ad Building and Don Love Building)! 
Have a great weekend!