He is Supreme // Emma Stevenson
On Sunday, Pastor Josh launched our Paramount series with the idea that when we challenge our perception of who God is, it reveals what is important to Him and establishes what should be supremely important to us.
Understanding the nature of God and who He is can be a monumental challenge in and of itself. The truth about the nature of God is that He is incomprehensible and unfathomable to us; how then are we to determine who He is and what is important to Him? Pastor Josh highlighted that our thoughts, focus and time reveal what is important in our own lives — and so it is with God.
I used to liken God to someone who was on the board of a school or committee: an authoritative figure who placed importance on works. My understanding of His nature was based on my perceived need to earn my way to Him, through my own goodness. It was important to me to try and impress Him with my skills, and my obedience and my good behavior — and so I thought these things were important to Him. But rather than a figure of authority who demands good works, God has revealed Himself to me as a father, as someone who beams when His child is satisfied in Him.
Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians that he counts everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ, and that everything he had lost could be counted as rubbish compared to what he gained in Christ. The nature of God is most glorified when we are satisfied in Him.