A Box with God’s Name on It
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. –Colossians 1:15-20
If you hastily read through those verses, I really beg you to go back and read them again. Ask the Holy Spirit to make them alive to you in a new way. Let them sink in one by one–feel the enormity of what is being conveyed here.
He is beyond comprehension, powerful and majestic. He created all things and the fullness of the Father dwells in Jesus. He is not weak or small. He is not medium-sized either. He is robust and uncontainable. Our God is a consuming fire. The heavens and earth cannot hold Him. This is important!
Maybe you’ve heard as I have well-meaning people who say,
How does that even make sense? Perhaps we think because He chooses to live inside of us as His chosen temple that we can limit Him or that He is subject to us, but that’s completely inaccurate.
So what about this box we’ve supposedly put God in?
I have come to realize something important. There is absolutely no way you will ever be able to put God in a box because He won’t play by your rules. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Baptist box, Methodist box, Charismatic box, Pentecostal box, or whatever your flavor is.
You may think God is in there, but we all need to realize the box is empty. When you think you have God all figured out, you’re left with nothing but an empty space and a box with “God” written on it. Methodologies and partial understandings are not God. We can’t marry ourselves to them when we are intended to be the Bride of Christ. It becomes a form of idolatry to us that destroys our relationship with Him.
That is not to say we just give up, not pressing into the deeper places because God is unknowable and unsearchable. His Spirit enables us to conceive of those inconceivable mysteries (1 Corinthians 2:9-12).
I wrote not too long ago, “We often think we’ll fit Jesus into our lives or that maybe we should work Him in a little more. The reality is, Jesus is calling us to fit into His life.” No, don’t give up. It’s a matter of positioning. God won’t fit in our box, but He will fashion us for His Kingdom. It’s a narrow road in, but the freedom and grace there is a wide-open and spacious place.
He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me. –Psalm 18:19
What are your thoughts on all this?