I want what you can give me!

Dear brothers and Sisters in Christ

Not so long ago the lord I believe gave me a great visual representation of our relationship with him. I say our, because in reality some days we might be like my illustration and then other days we might not be.

Suppose two close friends (Annette and Jody) go out for coffee. Annette loves to hang out with Jody as she often comes up with some very funny stuff. The two have been friends for many years, but it has been a hit and miss relationship. Annette feels that she gives her all to the relationship, but she is never quite sure about Jody’s commitment to their relationship.

While at Starbucks Annette decides to show her love for her friend by buying her coffee and a muffin. When Jody gets to the coffee shop she thanks Annette for the coffee and muffin, and sits down to enjoy it.  Throughout the conversation Jody seems distant and distracted. She answers numerous phone calls, texts various people, and as soon as she has finished drinking her coffee, she tells Annette that she is sorry, but she has to go.

Annette feels let down and disappointed. As she reviews the conversation or lack of it she realized that her friend doesn’t really want to be friends with her, but she does want whatever her friend has to give her.  (in this instance it was the muffin and coffee)

The moral of the story is this:

Our relationship with God can look a lot like the one described above. Often we want all that God can give us, what he has done for us, what he has promised us, but we are not willing to enter any deeper with him. We don’t want the relationship.

We think of him as the magic genie in a bottle, and when we cry out and need him he has to magically appear. We make all kinds of promises and vows when we find ourselves in a tight situation hoping that God will just rescue us and then when we have to face the consequences of our bad choices we blame God because he didn’t “come through” for us.

The truth of the matter is that more often than not, we are off running our own lives, and occasionally invite God in for a quick visit.

But God wants more than that, he wants to be in a relationship with us; He wants us to know that he is our loving heavenly father, and that he will care of us, both in the good and bad times. He wants to lead us with his spirit to obey his will and walk in the power of his Holy Spirit.

God wants us to know the sweetness of the peace that he offers us and the freedom that is only found in him. Freedom from the death we were once steeped in due to our sin.

Brothers and Sisters please realize something, God is a Holy God and he has called us, as his children to be a holy priesthood, separated from living like the world around us. The only way that we will ever hope to achieve living like this, and making it a reality in our lives is to actively seek him out.

 Matthew 6:33

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Jesus had been telling the people at this time that they were not to worry about what they would eat, drink or wear, or any other mundane thing in this life, because when they made him to be their priority in their lives, he would take care of all of the rest.

I believe that this principle is true in all facets of our lives, God promises that when we search him out, walk in obedience to his word and live our lives in reverent fear of him he will take care of all the other things in our lives.

We can then know with confidence that whenever we come to him, he not only hears our prayers but will answer them as well.

So how do we cultivate that relationship with him?

Here are a few steps to get you started on your journey to a deeper relationship with God.

  • Taking time
  • We have to make a point of setting aside a time every day and going to him in prayer, telling him our hurts, troubles, triumphs and concerns.
  • Listening
  • We have to be willing to take time out to listen to what he wants to say to us, how he wants us to handle all of those various situations in our lives.
  •  Often it will be through his word that he will speak to us, it will be like the passage of scripture that we are reading, literally jumps off the page at us. It will be exactly what we will have needed to hear.
  • How does he speak to us?
  •  Sometimes he will speak to us through a thought we might have or something that we have read that he will bring to mind. He might even speak to us through something someone will say to us later on in our day.
  •  The point is, that he will speak to you and you need to train your heart to hear him.
  • Be grounded in the truth of his word
  •  We also need to stay grounded in the word, his word the bible. It is our guidance and source of life and finding out how we are to live and what pleases him.
  • Obedience is Key
  •  In order to be in a deep and loving relationship with God, he requires that we are obedient to him. In other words, we take what he wrote in the bible, believe it, and then live it out in our daily lives. This will then bring him glory as others will see that there is something different about us.

Chose today not to be like Jody in my illustration, choose instead to cultivate that loving relationship with God through the Holy Spirit today. I highly recommend that you take some time and read through the book of Psalms. King David who was inspired by God to write these Psalms beautifully illustrates the relationship between God and man. I know that you will be blessed as you read it and discover that God’s love for you is so much more than you ever imagined.

This is my prayer for you:

Colossians 1: 9 – 14

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,  being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Amen

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