March 8, 2018 | Jeff Ingram
If truth sets us free then it’s probably also true that lies keep us in bondage.
Our view of God will directly effect our transformation. Jesus claimed to be the perfect expression of what God looks like and sounds like – Jesus is perfect theology. Jesus must be the lens through which we understand the nature of God and our own transformation. But many people have such a distorted view of God that it looks nothing like Jesus.
How can our words and actions help frame a representation of God to the people around us?
What should this transformation that God is producing in our lives look like if it is being shaped by a proper view of God? Well, why don’t we just let Jesus be the One who answers that question. In John chapter 13, it says…
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”
Nothing is a substitute for love. If we have a view of God that elevates anything above love then our view of God is distorted and needs adjustment. If any of these other identifying marks of transformation overtake love in our lives then we have gotten the cart before the horse – and we all know when the cart gets ahead of the horse it doesn’t end well.
When the cart of rules gets ahead of love we have works-based religion. When the cart of the correctness of theology gets ahead of love we have illegitimate religion. When the cart of righteousness gets ahead of love we have elitist religion. When the cart of power gets ahead of love we have religious entrapment. When the cart of rhetoric gets ahead of love we have religious snobbery. When the cart of purity gets ahead of love we have a religion of morality. When the cart of clubs gets ahead of love we have religious partyism. But when the love of God leads instead of follows all these carts can find their proper place.
May God help us to all to find our transformation branded, stamped and sealed by nothing less than the love of God.
DEVOTIONAL By Campus Minister, Jeff Ingram