Open Your Mind

What do you know about God? Do you know who He is? Do you think He cares for the living? Do you think He cares for the dead? Do you know what Jesus says about who God is? Do you want to know?

Many people have their own idea of who God is. Often, He is created in their own image rather than them being created in His image. In other words, they think of Him as what they have heard from someone else or using their own imagination.

Because many people want God to be who they want Him to be, they fail to see Him for who He is. They have a closed mind. They limit God. They limit themselves. They fail to realize that by opening their mind to the possibility of God being far greater than they think, they lose out on their best life.

If I tell you that God is only the God of the living, how do you react to that? The truth of the matter is, He is the God of the living. But that isn’t bad news. In fact, it is wonderful news! That means we never die. Take a look at today’s passage. When Jesus quotes God as being the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and saying that God is the God of living, we can take comfort in knowing we never die. Why do I say that?

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had long since left this world before Jesus walked on it. Their mortal bodies had given out. But they were and are living with God. Jesus gives this example in response to a question about how resurrection works. He states we will be different than we are in this life. We don’t know exactly how that will work, but we do know we will be different and will be living with God.

I pray we all open our minds to God being far greater than we give Him credit for. I pray we listen to Jesus. I pray each one of us believes we will never die but live with God forever. Open your mind to who God is. Believe Jesus’ words. Know you will never die. 

Matthew 22:29-32 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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