Have you ever noticed that the more time you spend with someone, the more they begin to rub off on you? You start saying words/phrases that they say, you both start to think alike, you take interest in the same things, etc.? There are times when I can complete sentences for some of my closest friends, because we spend so much time together. Often times as Christian’s, we struggle with “knowing what God wants” or “knowing His plan for our lives.” These are all valid struggles, but as believers, when we spend time in His presence and are saturated in His Word, we begin to understand Him and His will for us on a different level.
Sherry did a great job explaining the importance of trusting in God’s sovereign will for you life and believing that He has our best interests at heart. I trust my close friends and family, because I know they would never intentionally do anything to hurt me. Why is it so easy for me to trust them, but so difficult for me to trust the very God who created me? The answer is simple: lack of intimacy. I notice when I choose to disregard my quiet time with Christ, things in my personal life all of the sudden become hectic. I get stressed over the smallest issues, I become annoyed easily, and I tend to only focus on what I want/need. It did not take me long to realize that my relationship with Christ is what sustains me. If there is not a sense of need for Jesus Christ, then we are missing Him completely. We desperately need Him in every aspect of our lives. Unfortunately, there are have been many times in my life when I didn’t feel that need/longing to be intimate with Christ, and it was in those times that I felt completely lost and alone. Jesus Christ tells us in Scripture, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Without Him we can do NOTHING.
You may be familiar with the story of the prodigal son. He left the comforts of his father’s home and spent all of his inheritance on worldly things. When his money ran out and he realized his sad state of desperation, he remembered the love and compassion his father had towards him, and returned home with a heart of humility. He realized what he had left and finally recognized that he needed his father. His father rejoiced upon his arrival and threw a feast for him, causing his older brother to be angry and bitter. The older son had worked hard for his father and felt unappreciated. His father’s response, “Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.” The father loved both of his sons equally, but his older son was unable to see this. It’s as if he took his relationship with his father for granted. He had always been with him, but never wanted to be intimate and rejoice in his relationship with his father. The prodigal son left and recognized what he was missing out on – he missed feeling the love and care of his father, and because of this, he returned with a humble and meek heart. How often do we take the relationship we have with our Father for granted? God is more interested in your relationship than in your performance. The older brother worked hard, but Scripture doesn’t talk about his relationship with his father. I personally feel that if he was in constant communion with his father and the two had a real relationship, he would have felt the same joy that his father felt when the younger son returned. He would have loved as his father loved. The same goes for us. When we are in a growing (constant) relationship with Christ Jesus, you will begin to realize that He is essentially rubbing off on you!
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit
John 15: 7-8
The above Scripture tells us that there is power of answered prayers in those who abide in Him. Prayers are answered as a result of having a relationship with Christ. Those answers may not always come in the manner we want, but when you are intimate with Christ, you recognize that His answers are so much better than our own. If His answer can ultimately lead us to a life that glorifies Him, then there is no room for disappointment! Today I encourage you to really seek after Him and abide in Him. Allow His qualities to rub off on you and trust that He has your best interests at heart. Make time to be in His presence, grow in your walk with Him, and allow Him to take control of your life!