In my last message, we discussed the importance of having a personal relationship (part 2) with God. Before that, we discussed the relationship God intended (part 1) for the people He created.
I said, “If we don’t grasp this concept of relationship and continually seek God we’ll miss the boat completely, so why bother?”.
What do I mean by missing the boat?
What I mean is missing out on eternal life and being separated from God for all eternity. Yes! that’s right, let me explain.
Matthew 7: 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
What does Jesus mean by difficult? John 3: 16 sounds easy, “whosoever believeth in him“, but it’s easier said than done.
Believe means trust. This is beyond a belief in your mind, it’s more of a trust from your heart and that’s what makes it difficult.
Then there’s this passage from the sermon on the mount:
Matthew 7: 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’
Did you catch that? “I never knew you“. These verses make it clear that the religious busybodies that do this and do that for God, without developing a relationship with Him lose out in the end.
Here is another example:
In the parable of the Ten Bridesmaids, Jesus ends with this:
Matthew 7: 12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’
There it is again, “I don’t know you“. This doesn’t mean Jesus doesn’t know they exist, it means that Jesus hasn’t heard from them enough to really know them. The bridesmaids were not prepared. A great part of being prepared is getting to know God, in fact, it’s the most important part.
Relationships go both ways
In any relationship, there is a give and take, and God wants to participate in a relationship with you. He wants you to trust in Him, ask Him for things and come to Him with all your cares and burdens. He wants to answer those prayers and give you hope and peace. If you only knew what He wants for you!
Think about a father that keeps inviting his children to visit him and all they do is stop by for an allowance. Maybe they run errands for him and prepare food for him, but then they leave. I can tell you now that dad’s not happy, he’s lonely and disappointed that his kids didn’t hang around and spend time with him. I’m a father, I know this.
Keeping it simple
Luke 10: 25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”
27 The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”
What does it mean to you to love God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind?
For me, it means to love Him with every fiber of my being. To do all that I can to know about Him and listen to His voice.
If our primary focus is not on loving God then we’re being disobedient, regardless of what else we do.
I suggest that you spend more time on your relationship with the Lord than anything else you do. It’s your relationship with Him, not your rituals or Sunday morning attendance that will lead you to an eternity with Him.
If you have questions or concerns, feel free to leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!