4. Explain That the Son is Like the Like Father
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What is God like? Jesus told his disciples in John 14:9, that if they saw him, they had seen God. Jesus also said that he and the Father are one (John 10:30). God poured Himself into human flesh so that we could relate. We can’t relate to an imaginary old guy in the sky. The image of that is someone who is of little use. Someone who is weary. Certainly not like the God I learned about.
Jesus’ words conjure up other images. And we add to them things we learned as little children. The verse we memorized telling us God loved us in John 3:16. He sacrificed his only Son.
Because love is boundless, ageless, and uncontainable. Love gives.
5. Share the Qualities of God
God Is Almighty
Trying to describe how powerful God is might be a challenge, but take a look at nature and how it can leave us speechless when there is a storm or natural disaster. God tells lightning where to go (Job 38:35). God actually asked Job, “Can you send lightnings that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are?’”
And as far as the stars, Isaiah 40:26 tells us God leads forth their host by number and calls them by name. Just look up at the vastness of the sky some night. There are millions, and he knows them by name! Point to the wonders of nature...proof that God cannot be contained or diminished.
God Is Personal
God also created each one of us (Psalm 139:13). He knit us together in our mother’s womb. Even if you all someone can envision right now is that incredible power coming from an ethereal elder floating in space. God’s awesome power is beyond our imaginings. He did create, does create, and continues to create.
And he knows all about us, down to the number of hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7). He knows our thoughts and how they are futile (Psalm 94:11). God has even written our names on his palms (Isaiah 49:16).
Share these scriptures with those who dismiss God as the ‘imaginary old guy’ as an invitation to be amazed.
God Is Trustworthy and Immutable
Over and over in scripture, we are encouraged to trust God (Proverbs 3:5-6). We are told to cast our cares on him (1 Peter 5:7). Not only because God is big and powerful, but because God cares about what we care about (Psalm 27:5). And we’re told, if we keep our minds on God he will give us peace (Isaiah 26:3).
In our world that changes all around us, God doesn’t change (Hebrews 13:8). If we could count on him last year, we can still count on him today.
Why not try this with your child or friend who dismisses God? See if they can make a list of ways that God has helped your family, or even your them in the past. Especially if they seem to be worried about what is going on in his/her world. If they can’t come up with any divine intervention moments, share some of your own.
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