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									Special Talk
“The God You’re Looking For”

               February 22, 2002

Are you looking for a God…
    1.   Who gives you lots of goodies
    2.   Who just notices your good side
    3.   Who is strong & powerful
    4.   Who is righteous & just
    5.   Who just loves you to death

1) Who gives you lots of goodies
        Like a nice generous grandparent
            Showers you with gifts
            Automatically forgives everything
            Makes you happy 

        But is pleasure the primary goal for life?
        How would you feel if everyone else got
         what they wanted?

And even if we get everything…
        …we will not be satisfied
        The more you feed your desires, the more it
            “Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the
             person in an endless effort to satisfy the need
             without ever reaching satisfaction”
                         [Erich Fromm, US Psychologist]

            “The entire world is not enough for one man’s
             greed…” [M. Ghandi]
      You want a God who gives more than pleasures

2) Who just notices your good side
        Like a smiling positive-outlook optimist
            “Don’t worry, you’re ok”
        But ignoring “bad aspects” is not really loving
            e.g. doctor ignoring your cancer
        Besides, follow a God who’s lacking integrity?
            Just arbitrary, no right/wrong to uphold
            Cruel sometimes, kind sometimes
        Or would you want an ignorant God who
         doesn’t know everything?
A God who knows us intimately
       Psalm 139 describes a God who knows us:
        “You know me…
         You perceive my thoughts from afar…
         You created my inmost being…”

       God sees through my mask and knows all
        about me
           Darkest sins, deepest worries, hidden
            insecurities, fears & anxieties, etc.

…And does something about it
       God is not aloof, comfortable up in heaven,
        too busy to care
       God gets down to our level
           Jesus came to dwell with us
                “For we do not have a high priest who is unable
                 to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have
                 one who has been tempted in every way, just as
                 we are--yet was without sin.” [Hebrews 4:15]

     A God who knows and deals with all aspects
3) Who is strong & powerful
        Like a cosmic police officer
            “Enforcing justice & peace 24 / 7”
        But then, not much room for freedom
            Such display of power fosters more of a
             prisoner/warden relationship
            Might as well make us to be robots

        Bible describes God who is not just a
         mysterious overbearing force out there
A personal God
       Bible reveals a God who speaks, loves,
        rejoices, regrets, pleads, suffers, etc.
           Personally desiring a love relationship

       And God gives us freedom to choose to
        love Him or reject Him
           Cannot force us to love Him

     A God who is powerful & yet powerless
4) Who is righteous & just
        Like a fair, unbiased judge
            Blindfolded, weighing the balance
        But then we would all be proven guilty
            Sin = “calling my own shots”
                 “I’m going to be god myself!”
                 Cosmic treason
            The just penalty for sin is death
                 Being cut off from the source of life
God is a compassionate judge
        God sees the oppressed and downtrodden
            Sent Jesus to:
             “…preach good news to the poor
              …proclaim freedom for the prisoners
              …recovery of sight for the blind
              …release the oppressed”        [Luke 4:18]
            We’re morally & spiritually oppressed from sin
        Pays the price for our release
            Even for the most horrendous sins

      A God who’s a compassionate & merciful judge
5) Who just loves you to death
        Like a sacrificial parent
        But even parent’s love is conditional
            “If you do ___, then I will love you”

        We’ve been let down by this many times
            Your family
            Your friends
            Yourself
God’s unconditional love
        “…Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will
         anyone die for a righteous man, though for a
         good man someone might possibly dare to die.
         But God demonstrates his own love for us in
         this: While we were still sinners, Christ died
         for us.”                 [Romans 5:6-8]

        God loves everyone in the world
            Vastly different from this world
            No discrimination, no exclusiveness
            Not even just for those who are good
Such amazing love
       Jesus’ sacrificial love: [Isaiah 53:3-5]
        …despised and rejected by men, familiar with
        …took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows
        …was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for
         our iniquities
        …by his wounds we are healed

     A God who would love us to His death

God you’re looking for…& more
       God who provides more than mere pleasures,
                             …He provides the truth.
       God who knows and deals with our “bad” side,

                           …and strives to cleanse it.

       God who is powerful and yet, to give us freedom,
        becomes “powerless”,

                …to gain a genuine love relationship.
       God who is a compassionate & merciful judge
                     …to free us from captivity to sin.
       God who would love us to the point death
                               …so that we may live.       15
And this God is looking for you!
        This all-knowing, powerful, merciful, righteous,
         and loving God is looking for a loving
         relationship with you!

         "I myself will search for my sheep and look after
          them… I will rescue them from all the places
          where they were scattered… I will tend them in
          a good pasture… I will search for the lost and
          bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured
          and strengthen the weak… I will shepherd the
          flock with justice.”      [Ezekiel 34:11-16]

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