We started a discussion last week on our perception and concept of God and attempted to understand who God is. The following pertinent questions arose from our discourse: Who is God to you?
It’s possible we serve a God that we don’t really know, but you need to know that God is real and desires a relationship with you. You can’t keep Him on the periphery but in the core. There is a certain level of commitment and dedication required from us to seek and find God as Christians. A God that we are largely ignorant of and we find it difficult to tolerate the notion that He’s intimately involved with all that goes on in this world and in our personal lives.
We see Him as the creator of everything but we assume He has since stepped back from everything or chose not to be bothered about what’s going on, or perhaps He has deliberately chosen what to or not to attend to in our lives.
There is truth, facts and information in the content of our faith as Christians and it appears there lies the missing gap in the quality of Christian followers in our days. God is not seeking Christians who would serve Him for their own survival or what He can supply and all such, but He seeks worshippers for who He is, the Sovereign God.
We need to grow in our relationship, knowledge and in understanding of what God is doing in our lives. Indeed, growth is often a painful process. Growth will task us and alter our natural routine (Phil 3:13). The strength and growth we need come only through continuous deliberate efforts, struggle and spiritual exercise.
Personal growth and development is not only a matter of learning new information but of unlearning old habitsor limitations. As we explore ‘the Message’, let’s gain God’s perspective about everything in our lives as His Children (See 2 Peter 1:3).
When Nations and individuals live by His principles, they enjoy varied levels of His blessings and prosperity. We should therefore grow in personal and intimate relationship with God through Jesus by the HolySpirit.
We need to know and understand the finished work of Christ on the cross specially for us. People hardly grow their relationship with God because they expect growth to just happen by itself. We believe that while some are called, few were chosen but we should realize that we can move from ‘our God’ levels to ‘my God’.
Communication is the foundation of great relationships. Jesus grew in Luke 2:52… Certain routines were part of His lifestyle. If you are dedicated you will find that growth is in routine and not in attending diverse kinds of events. Personal quiet time of prayer and meditation also makes you grow into a giant in God.
Prayer builds your relationship with God. Pray to know Him more, remain close, to be best of friends with Him (Romans 8:15). Prayer changes us; as we obey His Word, we become more like Him (Ephesians 4:13). It’s a duty: He said ‘when’ and not ‘if’ (Matthew 6:6). Prayer prepares you (for potential trials and temptations, difficulty, prosperity, despair, mercy, spiritual battles etc.). Prayer is a delight; communication with the one you love is a delight. Like Moses and God on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 33:11-18).
Prayer also brings results to our efforts to achieve great things (Matthew 7:7-11). In addition, when you study the Bible, you don’t just grow in a relationship, you thrive as you remain deliberate about it.
The Word shapes your philosophy of life confronting your beliefs and traditions with His reality (Acts 15:1-12 MSG). The Word changes your behaviour and perspectives for good once your beliefs change (Galatians 1:13-17; 2:7-9).
The gospel must contend with some things in you, e.g. alcohol, cheating, lying, clubbing, stealing and disobedience. The Word also reveals your inheritance in Christ. (Galatians 3:1-3; 13-14; 22-29). Your place in His plan is made plain.