Monday Motivator – January 30

One of my favorite fast food places is Wendy’s.  I love to visit occasionally and hear the cashier ask the familiar question: “Would you like to Biggie-size it?” Generally no, I reply, but every so often, I will ask for a Biggie size drink and fries. I know that in essence I am getting more of what I ordered.

When I visited Wendy’s recently, I had just read 2 Peter and a few concepts sprang to life as I enjoyed my junior bacon cheeseburger. I thought of how God works when we come to Him. He essentially asks us, “How much of Me do you want?”

Read Isaiah 6:1-10.

The first concept I considered was that God wants to “Biggie-size our understanding of His holiness.” The prophet Isaiah was going through a tough season of life, and had an encounter with God where he saw Him high and lifted up. God enlarged Isaiah’s perspective of His moral excellence that flows from His character through His actions with precision. The conclusion Isaiah came to was that there was no like his holy God.

The second concept I thought about was the clarity of understanding about our sinfulness. In contrast to God’s holiness, Isaiah quickly admitted to being less than worthy to be in God’s presence. Isaiah realized he was sinful and guilty (v 5) as he looked God in the face. Like Isaiah, when we see God as He is – perfect, righteous, majestic, and holy – we should see ourselves as we really are: unfit, undeserving, unclean, unholy, sinful, and in trouble.

The third concept was that God wants our understanding of His forgiveness to be fresh and whole. Isaiah cried out in v 6-7 that God completely forgave him and wiped out his guilt and sin.  John wrote in 1 John 1:9 that, “If we admit to our sins, He won’t let is down. He is just and faithful to forgive our sin, and cleanse us from all wrongdoing, because He is true to His nature.”

The writer of Psalm 103 said that God’s forgiveness is so complete that He even removes our sin from us “as far as the east is from the west” (v 12).

Last, God wants to increase our understanding of our opportunity to participate in His rescue operation. Isaiah was reminded in v 8-9 that God was calling him with a personal mandate to communicate who God is to His people. God loves all people and wants them to know Him. Isaiah’s personal encounter stirred him to make a declaration to follow through on God’s invitation by committing himself to be available. Isaiah was to reach out to others and work to see them experience God much like he did.

Think theologically. What does God want to Biggie-size in your journey with Him? Peter said, “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). What would that look like in your life? How intentional are you willing to be? Grab a copy of Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster or The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard. Practice the spiritual formation exercises they suggest.

What keeps you from deepening your commitment to Jesus? We all have a choice of whether we want to Biggie-size our understanding of God. I hope you will choose to draw closer to God and go deeper than you ever have before. God encounters help enlarge our understanding of Him.

Love is a verb,

Mike Olejarz

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