Conservative God – Not

Conservative is a dull and lifeless word.

It speaks of caution. Never do I associate conservative with risk. As the youth say—it is “boring.” In youth language, boring is strongly pronounced and ends in a long and drawn out “ing.”

I cannot think of God in conservative language.

He is liberal in blessings poured on me like a heavy rain. He is liberal in heaping on forgiveness for my sin. He is liberal with the gift of Jesus. He is liberal with the sun, moon, and stars created for my survival and enjoyment.

Let me get by with an interpretive application of Psalms 133. David’s song was addressed to the beauty of unity. (Not that there is still anything I need to learn about unity.) His unity description could also be a description of liberal God.

water in hands“It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.”

God gifts me with a liberal anointing of His love and of His good gifts. His anointing is so gracious and liberal it is as if it soaks my thinning hair and runs over the front of my face and down the back of my neck. Even my shirt is soaked with His blessings.

For a liberal God, I want to be a liberal.

I want to do better at showering liberal—yet sincere—praise on each person crossing my path.

I don’t want to hesitate in taking a risk for God.

Caution has no place in a God assignment. May I never shame God and His son by making dull my life in Jesus. Life with Jesus should bring exciting newness every morning. “Lord, show me what risks I can take for you today.”

cup of cold waterAs God treats me, I want to treat my fellow travelers. Let me pour enormous grace portions upon their hot and sweat-dripping heads. May the grace I offer through Jesus flow down and drench their clothing.

Let me be liberal with my forgiveness of others and even in the act of forgiving myself.

Let me be liberal to laugh and to experience joy.

Let my conversation with God be liberal with time and liberal in expression to Him as I describe to my Father what He knows is deep in my heart.

Conservative is a yucky word. I don’t want to apply it to Him nor to me.

God is not a Conservative. My prayer is that you and I will take on His likeness and rejoice in a new identity as a liberal.

Stay tuned. – Gary J. Sorrells

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