When we hear the word "god," our minds try to figure out who He is, what He's like, what He's passionate about, etc. We all have thoughts about God and what He should do. Over time, we develop a picture of God, but we rarely take the time to reflect on where this viewpoint came from and whether it lines up with the God present in Scripture. In our quest for understanding, we naturally gravitate towards attempting to explain God away. We foolishly believe the best way to understand is to reduce. We break complicated things, like God, down into their parts. Understanding and explaining are essential in our pursuit of God. However, if we make those matter too much, we will miss the thing our heart is looking for, namely God himself. We don't understand God by breaking down principles and doctrines, but by looking up and having our eyes expanded.
Invitation To Imagine: Part One
March 4, 2018 • Mike Ashcraft
Invitation To Imagine: Part Four
Obedience Becomes Worship • March 25, 2018 • Mike Ashcraft
God wants us to trust Him because He understands that trust paves the way to obedience and worship. When we obey His truth because we believe His heart, our willingness becomes a response to worth. God doesn't want compliant robots, but rather trustful children. If we remove truth from trust, we reduce it. It becomes something less, and we become something less. God's will isn't about what we accomplish, but rather how we live and who we trust. It involves entering into a way of life that honors Him. Obedience becomes worship when we see His will is worthy of our own.
Invitation To Imagine: Part Three
Understanding Understanding • March 18, 2018 • Mike Ashcraft
God isn’t interested in our obedience out of obligation. He wants us to draw near to Him through a relationship built on trust. Truth is designed to be the foundation of trust and the hope of a relationship. Obedience only comes when we realize that God is worthy of our worship. Rather than yearning for His direction, we must rest in His presence.
Invitation To Imagine: Part Two
The Hard Truth • March 11, 2018 • Mike Ashcraft
By engaging our minds, we awaken our hearts. Our eyes open to the hope that is found only through Christ. The incarnation of Jesus, God’s arrival, was a game-changer. His sacrifice fundamentally changed everything, especially the way we approach God and our connection with Him. When we understand what we received through Christ, the response is to worship. Worship is evidence of understanding. We use worship as a declaration that we know and believe He is worthy. Worship creates space for the right perspective by allowing us to slow down and engage our heart, mind, and body. Worship starts when we receive grace upon grace upon grace.