RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT GOD: A PART TIME GOD

A PART TIME GOD

I was driving to church the other day when a “random” thought, or rather, question, popped into my mind. What if our God was a part time God? Huh? Run that by me again. What if our God was a part time God?

What if sometimes He was astoundingly Almighty as to do the most unimaginable and impossible of miracles and feats; and sometimes so pathetically powerless and inept that even He would be no help or use to us?

What if sometimes He was in the office, ready to take our call, answer our questions, listen to our heart’s cries and prayers, meet us for our scheduled appointment; and sometimes on vacation at a distant galaxy as to leave us high and dry? What if He really wasn’t an ever present help in time of trouble?

What if sometimes He was so loving, understanding, and forgiving, as to forgive our gravest offence and love us still; and sometimes so angry, hateful, and unforgiving as to damn us and leave us in a solitary moment of His Divine anger? What if our God was bipolar and schizophrenic?

By now you should get the picture and see what I’m driving at. What earthly good is a part time God? We wouldn’t have use of such a God because we couldn’t ever depend on Him—not really. Not consistently.

No, we want a reliable, dependable, unchanging, full time God who’ll always be there, always be present, always be strong and invincible, always be loving, always be forgiving, always be attentive to our prayer, always be our help and hope in time of need.

A PART TIME CHRISTIAN

Then the Lord chimed in, How do you think I feel about a part time Christian? Ouch. No need to repeat the question, Lord. I hear You. Loud and clear.

Sometimes we’re such a model of what a Christian should be that, in a prideful moment, we think we’re an angel. Then, on a turn of a dime, we’re about as nasty and mean as nasty and mean can be.

Sometimes we’re so forgiving towards our child or close friend. But nowhere near as forgiving—in fact the exact opposite—when it comes to a stranger, coworker, or casual acquaintance.

Sometimes we’re so on fire for the Lord that all we can think and talk about is the Lord; we think, live, and breathe the Lord. Then sometimes it’s like the devil turns his fire extinguisher on us and gets us so stone cold, so callused, towards God that He’s nowhere in our thoughts or desires.

Sometimes we’re so dedicated to God that we show up in church every time the doors open and imbibe all that God’s giving us through the church. Then sometimes we’d go for weeks and months not knowing what the inside of the church looks like.

Part time Christians. That’s what a lot of us are. Thankfully, not everyone. If you’re full time, I truly thank God for that. But, at the moment, I’m not talking to you. I’m talking to the rest of us who are awesomely full time, sometimes; and pathetically part time, maybe most of the time.

Would we like it if our God was a part time God? No way! We wouldn’t put up with such a God. We’d dump Him in a heartbeat.

If God was like us—thank God He isn’t!—He’d dump us too. In a heartbeat! After all, what good is a part time Christian when God’s looking for, when He’s needing, a full time Christian?

Amazingly, God puts up with us part time Christians. Why is that? It’s because His goodness leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). God’s giving us time, lots of time, and showering us with His goodness, His mercies, His love, because He’s longing for a time when we’ll reciprocate and give Him all our love, all of our hearts, all of our thoughts, all of our strength, all of our life.

God isn’t like us. He isn’t part time. And I, for one, am so thankful He isn’t.

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