Your view of God, as Tozer taught, is the most important thing about you. In short, your theology matters. Your understanding of God is the driving force of your life.
Therefore, you better determine your view of God is correct. Your view of God must be right, because if it is skewed everything else in your life twisted.
For example, if you believe in your own supremacy, then your worship will be man-centered and empty. On the other hand, if you live your life dwelling on the supremacy of God, then your worship will be God-centered, Christ-driven and full.
You view of God influences everything about you. It influences the way you pray. Your theology influences the way you treat others. Your belief in God guides your decision-making, your work ethic, your family life, your marriage, your career, your study habits at school, and so much more. So, once again, you must work everyday at having a correct and biblical view of God.
Perhaps the following lesson called “Cat and Dog Theology” will help us understand the value of good, biblical theology. I apologize for not knowing the author, but I think he or she nails the difference between good theology and bad theology.
A friend of mine described it to me the other day, and I thought I would take a shot at using that description to help us understand the truth about Jesus’ judgment on our lives.
The originators of this type of theology use the illustration of cats and dogs, and how they relate to their masters to describe the way people typically respond to God.
Cats think, “God loves me, cares for me, feeds me; therefore, I must be special. Dogs think, “God loves me, cares for me, feeds me; therefore, God must be special.”
Cats are consumed with themselves; dogs are consumed with their master.
Cats use their master to get what they way. Dogs want what their master wants.
It is the difference between me-theology and theology.
It is the difference between God living for us, and us living for God.
It is the difference between God glorifying us, and us glorifying God.
It is the difference between asking “What’s in it for me?” versus asking “What’s in it for God?”
I have discovered when people realize that Jesus suffered in our place, that when Jesus took on our penalty for sin, that when Jesus bore God’s wrath, they have much better understanding of who they and who God is—much like the difference between a cat and a dog.