Your Relationship With God
By: Kristen L. McNulty
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Your relationship with God- how good is it? Are you intimate friends, casual companions, or is God as close to you as you are to the person who just served you at the Tim Horton's drive through?
Truthfully, the only one who can answer that question is you and you can only honestly answer it based on what actually exists between you and your creator.
So let me ask you again, how good is your relationship with God?
If you're like some Christians, you may not know how to answer because it's my belief that not too many of us are living out the type of relationship that God has in mind when He sent His Son to die.
You see, God doesn't want a relationship where you visit Him once a week on Sundays, just because it's Sunday and it's the thing to do. No. God wants to have a deep, intimate, daily relationship with you. No matter where you've been or what you've done, God loves you and wants you to know Him in a deep and beautiful way.
You may be hearing this today and be thinking, well I read my Bible everyday and I'm not experiencing a deep relationship. Well, let me ask you, after hearing this devotional do you feel like you have a deep relationship with me since I'm the author? I don't think so. It's not that I don't want a relationship with you, but I can't have a good friendship with you if the only time we spend together is these three minutes where I talk and never hear the sound of your voice.
The exact same thing goes with God. If the only spiritual thing you do is reading some words written on paper, then you can't have a deep relationship. You can know what's expected of you as a Christian, but you can't have that relationship.
The only way you can have a deep relationship is for there to be an ongoing dialogue between God and yourself. I'm not saying don't read your Bible. What I'm saying is, don't only read your Bible to read your Bible. Read your Bible as part of an ongoing dialogue between you and your creator.
An ongoing dialogue means that you don't just read God's word, but you talk with God and wait on His response. Whether it's in His word or that small whisper on your heart.
A relationship with God is such a beautiful thing and I want each one of you to experience it, because believe me, there's no relationship like it. Just when you think you've got God figured out, He takes you deeper into His mystery and grace and love.
So today, why don't you start building a relationship that will only grow throughout your time on earth and stretch into eternity? Talk to God not just to ask Him for something but talk with Him like you would a friend, wait on God, then spend time in His word. Believe me when I say, you won't be disappointed when you do.
In closing, if you want to have a friendship with God, you must become His child and the only way to become His child is by accepting Jesus Christ as your savior. As Jesus said in John chapter fifteen, those who believe are no longer servants, but friends of God. Maybe you're listening to this today and you've decided that you believe there is a God that loves you and you want to become His child. If that's you, why don't you pray with me?
I want to become your child. Forgive me of my sins, I accept you into my heart today. Make me Your child and help me to build a relationship with You. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to walk according to Your ways.
In Jesus' Name I pray.
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This devotional was aired as a part of the Making A Difference Christian Radio Show.