Mack Davis wrote a song that went like this, ” Oh, Lord, it’s hard to be humble when you are perfect in every way….. Perhaps you remember hearing it. It was good for laughs, but like many funny things, it carries a bit of truth about it as well as folly. The fact is that none of us is perfect in many ways, if any. And most all of us have plenty of reason to be humble.
When I think of God, I see him as great and good (the childhood pray contained good theology) also as loving and free. I hope that as I mature in the faith that these qualities will be mine as well. Perhaps, you and I need to begin with working on being loving. I. Corinthians 13 provides a pretty good description of love. And when we live the beatitude way–being a peace maker, being merciful, and having a pure heart–then some progress can be made toward loving others.
Jesus expressed freedom in his relationships. He was not constricted by culture. He saw needs and responded appropriately. Rules, about hygiene, race, gender, the Sabbath, did not stop him from doing what needed to be done. This threatened the rulers. And it contributed much to their desire to kill him.
Jesus was great. Matthew beginning in Chapter 8 tells story after story about how Jesus had power over disease, death, storms, natural processes, and even his enemies. After winning over Satan and refusing to use his great power for his own purposes, he continued to win victory after victory.
And Jesus was good. When he say needs he responded with compassion. Great, good, loving and free–these qualities desribe God, his son, and his spirit who dwells within his children. These should become descriptors in the lives of his children.