Last week we talked about having a relationship with God. To be a real servant of God you must seek him, remain in him and he in you.
we talked about how a relationship starts with love and that love equals time, and a about what else love is.
God loves you and wants to spend as much time with you as you’re willing to spend with him. Even when you’re not paying attention to him he still thinks about you, You’re on his mind every second of every day.
I told you about how I almost lost my relationship with him, how that affected me and how one morning very early I cried out to him. Well now let’s talk about the rest of the story.
Shepard of My Heart
Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (Luke 15:3-7NIV)
Finally, I realized since I need Jesus to get to God I must reconcile my inability to stop sinning with my need to be worthy of him. One, Saturday I woke at about three in the morning with all this on my mind. As many times before I felt that huge hole in my heart, which was the lack of connection to my heavenly father pressing on me. I began to sob profusely.
I called out to God asking why I couldn’t seem to live for him. I told him what I secretly believed in my soul, that he didn’t want me, that I just was not and would never be good enough for him. I found out later this was the devil’s voice.
Later that day I was talking to my mother and she told me about a woman she loved to watch named Joyce Meyer. Mom told me she taught like no one she’d ever seen before. So I went home, turned on Youtube and found her. That is when God changed my life.
The Relationship, God wants
Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5:11)
Jesus came to earth for two reasons. To show us what God really wants from us. And to die for our sins so we could be reconciled to him. Because he died I can now freely come to God and have that relationship he always intended.
In the beginning, Adam sinned and caused the separation of God and man. So, Jesus came and paid for that because no animal or human blood was pure enough. No matter how many animals we slaughtered to pay for our sin it wasn’t enough.
God knew this so he sent the very best that was in heaven. He gave up something so holy and so pure and so valuable that in effect it bankrupted heaven. That something was a part of himself. His name is Jesus.
The blood Christ shed on the cross was so pure and so powerful. Then the word of God descended into hell and suffered for three days. He paid for our sin, all sin past, and present. Why because God loves you so much and wanted to make a way for you and me to be able to have personal contact with him. A relationship. He wants to be in our lives. God wants our attention.
How Can We Have a Relationship with Him
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:5-8)
If you’re a Christian you have accepted Jesus into your heart. This is what he means by remaining in you. In Joshua 1:5 Jesus said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” You can rest assured that God, because of Jesus, is on your side.
Then there’s our part. It’s the part where Jesus said, “ if you remain in me.” Any relationship is a two-way street. We receive but we must also give. Think about it if you were in love with someone but they never returned your affections you would eventually give up and leave them right?
Jesus is always with us, He’s always ready to love, guide and help us but we must also seek him. The word seek is a strong word that means to diligently and aggressively pursue someone. That someone is Jesus.
Our Part of the Relationship
Next week I’m going to talk about how to have the truly intimate relationship God so longs for. We’ve already discussed what he did. Now it’s time to discover our part. Be sure to join me as we continue our journey into a closer walk with God.
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