In one of my previous posts, "Church Building Project - A Different Approach", I concluded with the following words: "When a church truly believes in a mega-God, it does not have to be "looking to be a mega-church"; it can't help but become one."
It seems that some have mistakenly thought that I used the term "mega-God" (actually I was just quoting from Senior Pastor William Lee of Bartley Church - "Bartley Church is not looking to be a mega-church… Bartley Church is going to be a church that believes in a mega-God.") to mean that we make God bigger or more powerful than who He already is. This is of course not correct; like what brother Timothy Ng said in one of his comments - "God is God."
However, I would like to clarify that the way I used the term "mega-God" is with respect to our consciousness of how great or "mega" our God is. Yes, God is God but sometimes, especially in our times of need, the way we see God is not so great or "mega"- we can't bring ourselves to believe that God can help us out of our situation and resort to our own methods to resolve it.
One "good" example of this is Abraham. Abraham, not once but twice, lied to two heathen kings respectively that Sarah was his sister and hence "allowed" her to become one of the women in the kings' harem. Abraham justified his action by saying that "I said to myself,'There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.' Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and she became my wife. And when God had me wander from my father's household, I said to her, 'This is how you can show your love to me: Everywhere we go, say of me, "He is my brother." '" (Gen 20:11-13)
This betrays a lack of trust in God by Abraham, don't you think? In Abraham's consciousness, God is not big enough to protect him and his family and therefore he has to rely on himself and do it through deceit and betrayal. Betrayal? Yes, betrayal because this is exactly what he did to his wife Sarah. By asking Sarah to go along with his lie, Abraham had effectively offered her as a "sacrifice" on the king's bed.
Was it true that "there is no fear of God in this place"? No, this was just an excuse that Abraham used to soothe his own conscience and cover up his total loss of faith in God because Gen 20: 3-8 tells us that God appeared to the king in a dream and warned him against touching Sarah and the king was greatly afraid.
God is God, the same God who promised Abraham in Gen 18:10 that "I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son." and yet, Abraham offered up his wife Sarah to sleep with a heathen king two chapters later. This is the same Abraham whom God cut a covenant with in Gen 15, the same man who "believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness" (v6).
God is God, and He never changes but obviously Abraham's level of consciousness of God changed from Gen 15 to Gen 20. Take a look at the video below and see what I mean: the tractor does look MEGA, doesn't it? ;-)