God is a person…do we really believe that?

Some guys and myself are reading A.W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God. One thing notable about most Christian “classics” is that they seem as if they were written today–instead of over 50, 100 or 500 years ago. Of course, the language may give clues to the age of a one of these books, but the Christian journey of faith is something that we share closely with our brothers and sisters who have lived far ahead of us.

Here is one thought I would love to discuss. God is a person.

We have almost forgotten that God is a Person and, as such, can be cultivated as any person can. It is inherent on personality to be able to know other personalities, but full knowledge of one personality by another cannot be achieved in one encounter.

Tozer reminds us that God can be known. In my daily life, it seems easier to figure things out on my own rather than get to know the person of Jesus who can figure things out with me. Or, even better he can simply be with me. After all, he is a person.

How does God being a person change how you live your normal life throughout the day?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

15 comments

  1. I have fallen into the trap many times of keeping God in a box, not thinking of Him as someone I can have a dynamic relationship with. When I put God in that box, I have this false sense of security that I know He’s there when I need Him. This also gives me a false sense of control (ha ha). By putting God in that box I can take Him off the shelf on my terms.Of course, as my faith journey has progressed, I realize I really have no control over anything. He has dominion over all, why would I ever want to limit His almighty power in my life? And why would I want to live a life that isn’t fully engaged in a relationship with Christ? Living life on His terms is so much more exciting than trying to live life on mine. I may try to juggle all the little balls that life throws at me, but I certainly can’t do it without Him.

  2. I have fallen into the trap many times of keeping God in a box, not thinking of Him as someone I can have a dynamic relationship with. When I put God in that box, I have this false sense of security that I know He’s there when I need Him. This also gives me a false sense of control (ha ha). By putting God in that box I can take Him off the shelf on my terms.Of course, as my faith journey has progressed, I realize I really have no control over anything. He has dominion over all, why would I ever want to limit His almighty power in my life? And why would I want to live a life that isn’t fully engaged in a relationship with Christ? Living life on His terms is so much more exciting than trying to live life on mine. I may try to juggle all the little balls that life throws at me, but I certainly can’t do it without Him.

  3. I have fallen into the trap many times of keeping God in a box, not thinking of Him as someone I can have a dynamic relationship with. When I put God in that box, I have this false sense of security that I know He’s there when I need Him. This also gives me a false sense of control (ha ha). By putting God in that box I can take Him off the shelf on my terms.Of course, as my faith journey has progressed, I realize I really have no control over anything. He has dominion over all, why would I ever want to limit His almighty power in my life? And why would I want to live a life that isn’t fully engaged in a relationship with Christ? Living life on His terms is so much more exciting than trying to live life on mine. I may try to juggle all the little balls that life throws at me, but I certainly can’t do it without Him.

  4. I have fallen into the trap many times of keeping God in a box, not thinking of Him as someone I can have a dynamic relationship with. When I put God in that box, I have this false sense of security that I know He’s there when I need Him. This also gives me a false sense of control (ha ha). By putting God in that box I can take Him off the shelf on my terms.Of course, as my faith journey has progressed, I realize I really have no control over anything. He has dominion over all, why would I ever want to limit His almighty power in my life? And why would I want to live a life that isn’t fully engaged in a relationship with Christ? Living life on His terms is so much more exciting than trying to live life on mine. I may try to juggle all the little balls that life throws at me, but I certainly can’t do it without Him.

  5. I have fallen into the trap many times of keeping God in a box, not thinking of Him as someone I can have a dynamic relationship with. When I put God in that box, I have this false sense of security that I know He’s there when I need Him. This also gives me a false sense of control (ha ha). By putting God in that box I can take Him off the shelf on my terms.Of course, as my faith journey has progressed, I realize I really have no control over anything. He has dominion over all, why would I ever want to limit His almighty power in my life? And why would I want to live a life that isn’t fully engaged in a relationship with Christ? Living life on His terms is so much more exciting than trying to live life on mine. I may try to juggle all the little balls that life throws at me, but I certainly can’t do it without Him.

  6. great challenge…
    my answer is… it depends

    On a regular basis, I treat Him like a thing. But in my prayer time, I treat Him like a person. I think I might liken Him with my Faith, and let “it” influence my decision making when I’m in a “regular basis” kind of situation. but when it’s time to pray, sing, lead, it’s time to draw near to HIM, not IT.

    sounds like an interesting book. I’ve never read Tozer. He’s on my list!

  7. great challenge…
    my answer is… it depends
    On a regular basis, I treat Him like a thing. But in my prayer time, I treat Him like a person. I think I might liken Him with my Faith, and let “it” influence my decision making when I’m in a “regular basis” kind of situation. but when it’s time to pray, sing, lead, it’s time to draw near to HIM, not IT.
    sounds like an interesting book. I’ve never read Tozer. He’s on my list!

  8. great challenge…
    my answer is… it depends

    On a regular basis, I treat Him like a thing. But in my prayer time, I treat Him like a person. I think I might liken Him with my Faith, and let “it” influence my decision making when I’m in a “regular basis” kind of situation. but when it’s time to pray, sing, lead, it’s time to draw near to HIM, not IT.

    sounds like an interesting book. I’ve never read Tozer. He’s on my list!

  9. great challenge…
    my answer is… it depends

    On a regular basis, I treat Him like a thing. But in my prayer time, I treat Him like a person. I think I might liken Him with my Faith, and let “it” influence my decision making when I’m in a “regular basis” kind of situation. but when it’s time to pray, sing, lead, it’s time to draw near to HIM, not IT.

    sounds like an interesting book. I’ve never read Tozer. He’s on my list!

  10. great challenge…
    my answer is… it depends

    On a regular basis, I treat Him like a thing. But in my prayer time, I treat Him like a person. I think I might liken Him with my Faith, and let “it” influence my decision making when I’m in a “regular basis” kind of situation. but when it’s time to pray, sing, lead, it’s time to draw near to HIM, not IT.

    sounds like an interesting book. I’ve never read Tozer. He’s on my list!

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