God desires more than just a “religious” relationship with us. More than just a “come to church, go home the same”.
A personal relationship with anyone requires work from both sides. The work He requires from our end is very little compared to what His end is. God gave us sonship through the redeeming blood of Jesus, and by His Spirit.
He guides us, protects us, loves us, teaches us, feeds us, takes care of us, and the list goes on and on. Everything a father should be, He is—and far more!
He killed Jesus (whom He loved very, very much) for us. Could you imagine the pain in His heart, seeing His own son ripped to shreds? Bleeding, with His flesh being torn from His bones. God felt that pain! But He knew the outcome would be tremendous, and would return to Him His lost sons.
(Us. We were taken out of His perfect will when Adam and Eve fell into the trap of sin. I will be writing a follow-up post on what His “Perfect Will” is and why we aren’t automatically living in it.)
Our part to play is to respect Him. 1 To love him back. 2 To keep separate from the darkness. 3 And to listen to His Spirit.4
1. Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect for Your statutes continually.
2.And he answering said, ‘you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself’.
3. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
1 Thessalonians 5:5
4. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
A father can be a responsible parent, and your friend. Though God does correct us sometimes, He also wants to show us the good times in life. Every day is different, and every day is beautiful in its’ own way. Trust me, I’ve had bad days before. If I really really think about it, I can find at least one thing that God has made good for me that day.
It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in your life. My Lord desires a sincere, personal relationship with you. Choose today to at the very least, accept the invitation to know Him better. =)
-Kiana ♥ :)