Our primary audience – God

By Dave Henning / March 6, 2024

“Walking with God, who always sees us and loves us, brings a new integrity and sense of self.  We cannot and do not simply blend into each new setting. . . .  We are not merely a set of dramatic roles, changing every time we play to a new set of spectators, because God is our primary audience every moment.”- Timothy Keller

“The LORD appeared to [Abram] and said, ‘I am God Almighty, walk before me and be blameless.”- Genesis 17:1 (NIV)

Timothy Keller continues Chapter 7 of Making Sense of God as he stresses the sense of worth and value that comes through faith in Christ.  Pastor Keller argues that this sense of worth and value provides more security than any other approach.  In addition, faith in Christ has at least two facets.  There is the:

  1. worth we possess as God’s creations.  Because God made all human beings in His image, we possess irreducible glory and significance.  No matter who we are, where we come from, or what we’ve done or failed to do.
  2. inestimable worth we have through what the Bible calls our adoption.  As our perfect Father, God gives us unchanging security.  Like a parent-child relationship.  Also, as our Father, God never condemns us.

Therefore, Soren Kierkegaard defined our true self as the self we are before God.  And, in the Hebrew idiom, to walk with someone meant to befriend that person, to walk with honor face to face.  So, when you walk with God, that means only His eyes and opinion matter.

Hence, Pastor Keller expands this thought:

“Christianity . . . does not see the individual or the society as having the ability to reveal who you are.  God, your creator and designer, alone has the right and the wisdom to show you those things in your heart that, if they are embraced and enhanced, will help you become the person you were meant to be.”

Therefore, as we rest in God, the fears and drives that used to enslave us recede.  As a result, we experience a new freedom and security.

Today’s question: What most helps us make God our primary audience every moment?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Look for Christ – find Him”

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