‘How we view Jesus frames how we experience Him.’
I am reconsidering how much of how I respond to others is based upon my brokenness, wounds or faulty programming. John Eldridge addresses this brilliantly in his book, “Beautiful Outlaw”, laying out practical, real examples that our preconceptions or inner bent shapes how we can receive.
It is a bit of a jolt to the core to realize that what one thinks actually can limit your reality.
Many years ago, I had a few life changing encounters that radically changed me from the inside out. I was healed of the fear of losing another baby in the womb, my fear of dying under an aesthetic, losing the roof over our head….and in each of these ways, Jesus revealed himself more than enough in lovingly restoring and providing what was needed in each situation. When a full turkey dinner shows up at your door from people you only met once six months earlier, and they tell you God asked them to provide for us in our need, you are changed.
If you believe that God is stingy, you would have a hard time seeing God in that above turkey scenario, and would likely just put it down to coincidence.
Believing that Jesus cares about the roof over my head, helps feed me and take care of my inner emotional needs- that is possible only if you believe God does all those things. The Jesus I see in the gospels does that, and way more.
Ask yourself- how do I believe Jesus shows his love for me? If you, like so many of us, have difficulty answering that question, you may need to look into the Word and take another look at the very real, wants to be intimately involved in your life, fascinatingly complex man Jesus, the loving awe inspiring Abba who sent him, and Holy Spirit, who lives and moves in us, guiding, comforting and teaching us.
Your view may never be the same again.
Mine hasn’t been. And keeps changing as I leave behind that which needs changing, gaining fresh vision of just how much Jesus is for me.