Lately, the thing foremost in my mind has been the area of being in relationship with the Lord.
Many believers, if asked, will proclaim emphatically that they love the Lord and have a relationship with Him. They may even add some catch phrase about being too blessed to be stressed or how able God is to do this or that but not only do they not necessarily believe it, all too often, these same believers are just as stressed and uncertain about life than one who admits they don’t know God. These are Christians who say on one hand that they love and know the Father but will also admit to not knowing if He still speaks at all, let alone whether or not He speaks to them.
With anyone else, we would never say we are close and have an intimate relationship with someone we spend virtually no time with. That would be very strange. People do this with God all the time though and think nothing of it. We get that to be in relationship with other human beings, certain factors must be in place but somewhere along the lines, when it comes to God, most think church attendance and reading the Bible in a year equate to a relationship.
I feel strongly that there are people who are truly hungry for something real with the Lord. People who are tired of dealing with things they don’t have to. They see verses that say things like, “Be anxious for nothing”, but have no idea how to actually be anxious for nothing. They see that Jesus said to take his yoke and burden because his is easy and light but they just don’t know how to let go of their own and take his. Or perhaps, they have come in contact with someone who has attained something with the Lord that they want. Perhaps it is seeing the relationship others have with Him that makes them say, “I want that!” I have been asking the Lord how I can help.
I see so many Christians, wandering about life as if they are orphans, being swayed and tossed by whatever comes their way in life and it breaks my heart. I can only imagine how God feels. He never wanted this for His children. If He said He has not given us a spirit of fear, you’d best believe, He hasn’t.
There’s nothing like a real bonafide relationship with the Creator of the universe. In the beginning, it takes some discipline to remember to acknowledge that He is ever present, always waiting to speak with us as if we are the only person alive, but the outcome of it all is nothing short of astounding. I love how I can be going on about my day and God interjects what I’m doing and speaks to me. I love how, when I start to drift away, focusing on the newest pain this pregnancy presents me with, He whispers to me, “What are you looking at?”, and brings me back to Him. I love how, I can go places and see people and He gives me messages for them when I was doing something completely different. I love how, in the midst of seeing everyone around me in fear and even terror, He gives me a spot right on His lap and has me look at situations and see them as He sees them. I love hearing His laughter and jokes about various situations that happen throughout my day. I love how He has and is answering my prayer to become more real to me than anyone or anything I see or experience in front of me.
Because of all this and so much more, I trust Him. I truly trust Him and take Him at His word. When I see promises in the Bible, I get super excited because I know it’s for me.
So, in asking the Lord how I can help, one idea came to mind that I am putting into practice right away. I plan to do a one on one mentorship sort of thing over the next few weeks with one or two people. Once I see how that goes, I will come back with what I have learned and have a more concrete idea on what I can do to help people in my sphere of influence to come to know the Lord in a more intimate way.
In the meantime, it is my prayer that if you have identified at all with not really having a relationship with Him, you won’t stay there and settle for that. There’s so much more available for those of us who are in Christ. Let’s get all that has been put here for us to attain. He’s right there with you, eager to share so much with you, engage and enjoy Him.