Defining the Relationship

I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. Psalm 34:4-5

As humans, we’re pretty heavy in the relationship business. Whether it’s personal or business, you can’t escape relationships. It is no different with God. In fact, relationships are HUGE deal for God. When God created mankind, He did so with the purpose of walking daily with us. He created us so we could get to know Him personally, but that became impossible once sin entered onto the scene.

Sin didn’t just make things difficult; it created an insurmountable chasm between us and God. We could never cross the distance, so God sent His Son to fulfill the impossible for us. He took on our sin and clothed us with His righteousness in order to have a relationship with the Holy Father.

“I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom You have given me, for they are Yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as We are one.” John 17:9-11

Christ knew what could be gained when He sacrificed Himself on Calvary. He loved us so much that He wanted us to have a taste of the relationship He has with the Father. How incredible is that? The intimacy that the Father shares with the Son is the same intimacy that we have been graciously offered.

How do we attain that intimacy? Does it show up the moment we surrender our lives over to Christ and officially become adopted into God’s family? Eh, not quite. With any relationship, the beginning is rocky. You’re essentially strangers, and you’re kind of feeling your way through. Sometimes, it can get awkward. Sometimes, you feel like you’re not getting anywhere. This is especially true when you start comparing how far you are to someone else with his or her walk with the Lord. (DON’T DO THAT!) I have been guilty of doing this plenty of times. Don’t get distracted by people when your focus should be on Christ.

At some point, talking to Him doesn’t feel awkward. Reading His Word won’t feel like a chore or a check-off from your list. Believe it or not, you will be able to recognize His voice and His will. This is what happens after walking with Him diligently. However, anytime there is a sinful human involved in a relationship, there will be some pitfalls on that journey. There will be days where you couldn’t care less about your relationship with God. I’ve been told that I look like I’m happy all the time and I just think, “Oh, if you only knew how dark and distant my heart can become.” Beware of apathy. No one is excluded.

Maybe you heard that you get out whatever you put into a relationship. Yeah, that’s a lie. Whatever you bring to the table can’t even compare as one iota of what God gives in return. That’s just a fact. If that’s hard to visualize, I’ll scale it down. I could work to make enough money to not only pay my parents back for school and living expenses but maybe even help out with their future retirements. It doesn’t matter how much I make. I will never be able to pay back my parents for giving me life, nurturing me, teaching me, loving me, etc. The list goes on, and the same applies to God.

You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11

You know what’s funny. I didn’t realize that verse to be true in my life until I began to fervently pursue God. I had this misconception that the Christian lifestyle was about following a bunch of rules and attending things. Basically, I thought that being a Christian was just going to be a boring existence. If you don’t pay attention to anything that I say, then pay attention to this: a relationship with God is unexpected, exhilarating, and miraculous. It is absolutely worth seeking Him for the rest of your days.

He is always there standing right beside you! He already knows everything about you, but He desires you to seek Him and to personally get to know Him. Yeah, relationships are hard, and there’s a lot of work involved. But it’s totally worth it. Don’t miss out on fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore! He is just a knock away.

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