My boys and I have gotten into rock climbing. We enjoy the thrill, the adventure, and the challenge. I live for moments when I get to encourage my boys to try things they've never tried before. After climbing last week, Noah prayed over our dinner, and he said, "God, help me to overcome all of my fears. In Jesus' name, amen!"
One important component of rock-climbing is that you need to have a clear focus on where you are going. In other words, you need your world to become small. Don't look too far up. Definitely don't look down. Stay focused right where you are. Look ahead just enough to know where you are going.
There is something to be said about focusing on what is before you: narrow your focus, so that you can be more fully present right where you are. God often wants this.
But God doesn't always want this.
Here's the deal. It is too easy for our world to shrink, to become small, and for our worldview to become narrow...and once this happens, it is very difficult to change.
The most quoted verse in the world is John 3:16, "For God so loved..."
Those are four of the most powerful, life-changing words in all of the Bible. It's ok to personalize it. We do that sometimes.
"For God so loved...Josh."
"For God so loved...me."
"For God so loved...you."
However, the most quoted verse in the Bible, opens us up to something that is far from narrow.
It isn't small.
It isn't private.
It isn't about me, mine, my circle, my people, or my tribe.
It is BIG. B-r-o-a-d. (Inclusive). And it's potential is endless...
"For God so loved the world."
Our God is both local and global. And we can't lean into one without the other.
Welcome to our four-week journey in a series we're calling GLOBAL GOD.
–– Josh Ross, Preaching Minister
Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2016
by Justin Ardrey