Jenna Riemersma

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What are your thoughts on our need to still look outward to God instead of looking inward to be made righteous or whole?

ANSWER & TRANSCRIPT

Hi everybody, it’s Jenna and I have a question for today:

The question is what are your thoughts on our need to still look outward to God instead of looking inward to be made righteous or whole?

Okay, thank you so much for submitting this question.

That question assumes the standard teaching that God is over there, somewhere, way over there maybe on the other side of my great big pile of sin and I need to kind of get over to him to get in the shadow of his wings, so to speak. When we understand this idea that the god image is within us, in other words, that the very Divine fingerprint of God, almost like the signature of an artist, is stamped and embedded on the soul of every human being, you, me, everyone who’s ever walked the Earth, that that is the “God-sized” design inside of us that C.S. Lewis refers to that cries out for the Divine. Then we understand that it is from that place within us, not that is us, in terms of our fleshly, sinful self, so to speak. But it is inside of us from that place we connect with the omnipresent Divine, if that makes sense. In other words, it’s a both/and and not an either/or.

If we think that God’s over there, kind of in the corner, or out grabbing a sandwich, and we have to figure out how to get on over towards him, that usually is the thinking of our spiritualizer burdened manager trying to get us to do it right, to get on over there closer to God. But this, I think reflects, perhaps more accurately the intention of scripture that refers to the image of God within us, and it is from that image of God within us that we connect to the omnipresent Divine that is everywhere and access really that divine power.

Thank you so much for submitting this terrific question.