So many of us claim to be Christians. We could read our bibles and go to church just to fulfil all righteousness; but do we really know the God that we serve? Do we really know the God that we read about in the bible? Or are we just going through the motions?
Is it all religion? Or is it a relationship?
I have friends who speak of their awesome relationship with God and how they are growing to know Him more.
It’s not just you giving your life to Christ and religiously following the laws/commandments on your own. ‘Cause the truth is you can’t do it on your own.
There was a time when it was all religion for me and friends were not comfortable telling me certain things ’cause they didn’t want me going all ‘religion’ on them. God opened my eyes later on to see exactly what I was doing and things changed. Since then I yearn to have a better relationship with God.
Hence, the topic of today.
A particular passage in the bible struck me and left me pondering on it. The story of the ten virgins; where the ten virgins were to meet the Bridegroom but not all were prepared.
Five of the virgins (the foolish virgins) didn’t have enough oil to last them till when the Bridegroom came. So they set out to get more oil when the other five virgins (the wise virgins) refused to give them; lest they also don’t have enough for themselves later on.
At the end of the day, the Five wise virgins were there to meet the bridegroom and the foolish virgins weren’t.
The foolish virgins arrived when it was too late. . .
Matthew 25:11-12 AMP
11 Later the other virgins also came and said, Lord, Lord, open [the door] to us!
12 But He replied, I solemnly declare to you, I do not know you [I am not acquainted with you].
I like how the Amplified version of the bible expands it, I am not acquainted with you.
And it makes me think, how can God not know us since He made us? He formed us in our mother’s womb and knew us before then.
Jeremiah 1:5 AMP
Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nation.
So why would God say He doesn’t know us? He doesn’t know me?
Because we are yet to have a relationship with Him…
Going to church, reading our bible and praying, and getting answers to our prayers, doesn’t mean we have a relationship with God.
1 Samuel 3:7 AMP
Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord was not yet revealed to him.
The young man Samuel was working in the temple but he did not yet know the Lord.
As Christians we are called to have a relationship with God. Not to come to Him and putting all our requests on Him and walking away; like He’s a waiter trying to get out orders.
God wants you to relate with Him as you would your friend and even more. He wants you to pour out your hearts to Him and hold nothing back.
But then you think, Isn’t He God? Doesn’t He already know all about me? I asked the same question myself.
Yes, He does know us but then He wants us to KNOW that He knows us. That’s relationship. He doesn’t want you to think of Him as a distant God, He wants you to consider Him as a friend you can talk to. Kind of like a husband and wide relationship. A husband or wife could know the person they are married to, but would not really know the other person unless he or she opens up.
God wants us to open up to Him.
Likewise, He wants to open up to us.
He wants us to call Him and He would tell us great and wondrous things we don’t know. Jeremiah 33:1
In all honesty, I’m not a very open person. Sometimes I prefer keeping things to myself and shoving it to a side. When I’m hurt I may not want to talk about it with anyone… but then should I hinder myself from talking to the ONLY person who would hear what’s deep in my heart and not judge me or shut me out? Why tell man even when they can hurt you?
Now I’m not saying it’s wrong to share stuff with your friends but I’m saying God is so much interested in it. I know because these past couple of days I have been telling Him my deepest thoughts. Sometimes I feel shy and embarassed to say them, but I feel so much lighter telling Him and I know He wants to help out.
He wants to relieve me of the burdens I carry. Matthew 11:28
He wants me to come to Him with my requests. Philippians 4:6
He wants to give me peace no matter what I’m going through. Philippians 4:7
Knowing God isn’t a one time event but a lifetime journey.
Paul said in Philippians 3: 8-10 KJV
3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Philippians 3:8 AMP
Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One)
Paul knew what it meant to desire to know God. Progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him…
Getting to know God starts with you giving your life to Him. Telling Him to be your Lord and personal saviour. Thereafter, opening your heart to Him.
Are you ready to open up to Him today?
You could take this prayer: Father, I come to You and confess all of my sins. I surrender my life to You. Please forgive me… wash me clean with Your blood. I accept You as my Lord and Personal Savior.
Awesome! If you just took the above prayer please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can tell you what’s next.
For others who are already in the Kingdom and seek to have a great relationship with God you can say the below prayer with me:
Father please give me a hunger and thirst to know You more. I want to have a deeper relationship with You. I don’t want to be a signpost leading people to You and missing it at the end. Please give that strong desire and passion, that never runs down, to want to know more and more of You; to have an intimate relationship with You. Thank You Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.
See you guys next week Wednesday where we would study deeper in the Word.
Please share comments below on how it’s been so far in your relationship with God and what steps you’re willing to take now to get to Know Him more.
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