What Does Your God Avatar Look Like?

An avatar is a graphical representation of a user.  It’s one of those little pictures that we choose to represent ourselves.  It shows up when we comment on a blog, when we post to a forum.  Pretty well anywhere we go on the internet our avatar is there to represent us.  We choose a picture or some kind of graphical object that presents an image that we think says something about us, probably in most cases something flattering, something that shows our best self.  A thumbnail is sort of like an avatar.  It’s one of those little pictures that shows up in a folder of pictures.  It’s a small version of the real picture that helps you choose the one you’re looking for.

So here’s the question.  What does your avatar for God look like?  We all have one.  We have a thumbnail image of God that we show to the world.  Our personal avatar may be a really good looking guy or attractive woman.  It may not be completely accurate.  A thumbnail that is not a true image of the real thing would not help you choose the right picture.  Our avatar, our thumbnail image of God should be a true representation of the real thing.

The problem is our avatar for God gets skewed by our lives and our experiences.  It has been affected by our childhood, by the baggage we have collected over the years, by what we have been taught by others, by our daily triumphs and failures, our daily mood swings, by denominational priorities.  Our avatar for God is what others see.  It should be accurate.

So what are the essential facts about God?  What is your thumbnail sketch of Him?

Well He’s omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.  We’ve got that.  But what else?

He is holy.  He is righteous.  It’s easy to fall into this idea of God is a grandfatherly type.  I let my grandchildren get away with a lot more than their parents do.  I think a grandfatherly God is not a completely accurate image.  I think we need to get this.  Sin cannot exist in God’s presence.  That is not God’s choice.  He doesn’t decide to punish sometimes and overlook at others.  Sin cannot exist in His presence.

What else about God?

He loves us. He loves us so much that He gave us a way to find fellowship with Him in spite of our sin.  He gave His Son, part of Himself, as a sacrifice.  He gave part of Himself as payment for the penalty of our sin.  That’s how much He loves us.

An avatar, a thumbnail does not show much detail.  If it did it would not serve it’s purpose.  It would be so busy with detail that the essence of the full image, the essentials of the persona would be confused and lost.  We should not let our avatar for God get so jumbled with details that the true essential persona of God is lost to the world.





About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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