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December 15, 2015, 11:50 AM

God Got Personal



God Got Personal


    The time had come for God to get personal!  There had been the flood with its ominous presence of water surging everywhere, runaway and rampant, threatening total destruction until it receded.  There had been the rainbow with its dazzling array of colors covering the whole spectrum tints, and various shadings.

   There had been the manna in the morning, food sufficient for the day’s journey as the wandering Israelites continued their walk to the promised land.  When they lacked water it was found; when they needed direction there were the clouds by day and the fire by night.

   There had been a long succession of personnel charged with conducting the business of salvation history: judges, prophets, poets, warriors … all of them with a vision of what it meant to be faithful to God who guided them.  No doubt, God had been involved since creation began!     

   Now God would come as one of us, as the Nicene Creed says: “God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.”  Think of the benefits. Someone to walk with during those times of loneliness when we are in need of companionship!  Someone to talk to when we are unsure of ourselves, when decisions weigh heavily upon us, or when we are anxious, even afraid!

   Someone to trust, who throughout history has been there whenever the people called, guiding, correcting, supporting … or reprimanding!  Someone who can be counted on to provide everything necessary for each day’s journey: strength, nourishment, support, health, shelter, hope, forgiveness, assurance, and confidence.!

   That is not to say that all we have to do is sit back and wait for these benefits to come to us. Nowhere is it written that this would be the case.  There would be the challenge for you and for me … there would be the responsibility, to respond personally to Jesus’ call to walk with Him through life! Our response would get us personally involved in the whole matter of living life to its fullest, as God intended from the dawn of creation.

   There should be a whole new approach to all we do, a running conversation with Jesus to see if we are behaving as He wants us to. He would no longer let us pass by anyone we see in need, for now our task would be to care for them as He cares for us! Wow! Now, that’s a lot to chew on. Could it be that you are one of these who follow this path? Could it be that you are wishing that you will soon begin? Could it be that you give to your church so that those who are “the least of these” might have a meal and Christmas this year? Could it be … 12.13.2015

Dr. Rick Baggett is pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore (the church with the bells) and can be reached at:

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