Our image of God matters. What is our experience of God? Is He a God out there in the distance and unknown or a personal intimate God? Is He someone who we think we know but have no relationship with Him? Or is He a supernatural being who is a Spirit rather than flesh and blood? Our response makes the difference in terms of whom we worship.
Many have made God after their own image. This is a god they have made to benefit themselves. Many idols are made to symbolize this god. In all of us, there is a need to worship someone or something beyond ourselves. This need was in us since we were born. How we meet this need varies depending on what we have been taught or the environment we grew up in.
New Creation Image
God created in us a longing for Himself. He created us to have fellowship with Him. This was the original intent of God. However, the Fall broke this fellowship. Now man is left to his own devices to make God according to his image. God made us in His image. However, since the fall we have been born in man’s image. God sent Jesus to restore us to God’s image. We are now a new creation in His image – we call this the born-again experience. We were born again in the Spirit so we can worship God in Spirit and in truth. This is a supernatural transaction.
God is supernatural. He is Spirit and dwells in the third heaven. Yet He is omniscient and dwells within us. This is a mystery. God has made His habitation in us so that we can dwell with Him in Heaven. All we have to do is surrender to Him. We are spirit beings on an Earthly journey. Our final destination is in Heaven with Him. Now, in the Spirit, we are seated in the Heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph 2:6). Our feet are on the ground on Earth. Now we can operate from Heaven while on Earth and see His Kingdom come on Earth as it is in Heaven. What a glorious inheritance we have in Jesus.