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Is Your God Too Small?
E. Andrew McQuitty
II Samuel 6:1-11
Introduction: How we worship is a telling commentary on whom we worship.
There's a simple rule of human behavior that states: what you take seriously, you treat seriously. If you take guns seriously, you treat them seriously--handling them with safety and respect. If you take the violin seriously, you treat it seriously--practicing your skills and techniques every day. If you take golf seriously, you treat it seriously--keeping up with all the latest golf club technology and making sure you've got it (my wife wishes I wouldn't take golf so seriously)!
It's the same with faith. People who take God seriously treat Him seriously--worshipping Him authentically and walking in obedience to His ways. Those whose worship is flippant and whose obedience is lax show that they don't really take God seriously. In the words of J.B. Phillips, many men and women today are living, often with inner dissatisfaction, without any faith in God at all. This is not because they are particularly wicked or selfish or, as the old-fashioned would say, 'godless', but because they have not found with their adult minds a God big enough to 'account for' life, big enough to 'fit in with' the new scientific age, big enough to command their highest admiration and respect, and consequently their willing cooperation (Your God is Too Small, p. 8). In other words, their God is too small.
That may describe you this morning. You'd have no problem being totally committed to God if only you could see that He's big enough to deserve total commitment. Let me tip my hand right away: God is big enough and infinitely more to demand absolutely our hearts and souls and lives. And many of us would gladly yield Lordship to Him if only we could see Him as He is. The problem is that most of us have been conditioned with quaint but false ideas of who God is that destroy our ability to worship Him. But so were God's own people in Old Testament ti ...
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