Commentary By: Gordon King
As believers in Jesus Christ how do we view Him? How do we really feel about God? What is our relationship with Him and just how much do we allow Him access into our lives?
It’s very easy for many of us to keep God in our pocket, to pull Him out when the need arises, yet put Him back in when we don’t want Him around, or we feel that we can do it on our own.
Is this how we handle our relationship with God, with the One who created it all, who provides us with everything, and who sustains it all? Do we see God as merely a tool to be used when in need, or do we actually have a relationship with God, and if so just what kind of relationship do we have?
The Christian life was not meant to use God as an appliance, to be used only when we feel that we need Him. It is meant to be a life spent with God on a daily basis, at all times and in all places! When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we gave our lives over to Him, we surrendered ourselves to be servants of God Almighty!
Yet, just how many believers do just that, ignore God, put Him aside, only to be used as a tool when needed? How many only talk to God or rely on Him when the mood is right or the timing is right, when the need arises? How many Christians only speak to God or even think about Him on Sunday morning in church? And if this is the case then we have it all wrong!
There are many times when we not only ignore God and His will, but we actually hinder His will for our lives, we get in the way of what God has planned for us by trying to do it on our own, trying to do it without Him, and we often miss many of God’s blessings that He has for us, we can mess things up and suffer the consequences for it if not done for the right reasons. Yet, if our intentions are according to God’s will, if it is done from a pure heart, then God will make it work out for our good.
When believers live without God then we are rebelling against God, and that is a sin, it is of the flesh and not the spirit. It is God’s will for us to commune with Him daily, to pray without ceasing, and to rely on Him for all things.
It’s easy to get caught up in the daily struggles of a fast paced life, to get off track and wander away from the Lord, and this is what Satan wants most from believers in Jesus Christ. His goal is for us to get our sights off of God and onto the world, to wander away and follow the ways of the world.
As Christians we are to deny ourselves, to pick up our cross and follow Christ.
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
We must not be selfish and self-centered, but live for Christ, for His sake and for His will. If we only have a part-time relationship with God then how are we to follow Him? And if we only follow Him sometimes then how are we denying ourselves and living for Christ? It’s not a part-time job, but a new life, a life with God as our High Priest each and everyday!
We are to live with God and for God at all times, in good times and in bad, in times of peace and comfort, in times of heartache and turmoil, in times of good health and prosperity, and in times of trials and tribulations, all of it!
Walking with God is walking in the spirit, and the only way to do that is with God! It is to set our hearts, our souls, and our minds on the things of heaven above, on spiritual things, not the things of the flesh. Ours is not only to be saved, but to live with God, not only now but for eternity! Ours is to walk with God daily!
Satan will try to deceive us into believing that we don’t need God, that we can do it on our own, however these are not the intentions of God! He saved us because He loves us, unconditionally. He saved us because He wants a personal relationship with us, because He wants what is best for us, and because He knows all things. He saved us because He wants to walk with us daily, just as He created it to be in the first place until Satan deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden.
God created us in order for us to be with Him at all times, to talk and commune with Him daily, to rely on Him for all of our needs. He created us because He loves us! If your relationship with your young children was sporadic at best, then how would your relationship with them be? If you only spoke to them when you felt the need or were in the mood just how would that relationship develop? It wouldn’t be a very good relationship and they wouldn’t feel very loved by you. This is how our relationship with God is, if we only commune with Him sporadically then our relationship with Him will suffer, not of His will but of our own! His will is for us to speak to Him, to rely on Him, to worship Him, to love Him, to give Him glory, honor, and praise, and we cannot do a very good job at that if we use Him as we use a tool by keeping Him in our pocket!
We cannot keep God in a box, if we try then we will suffer and our relationship will dwindle. Being a believer means to walk with God on a daily basis, love Him with all of your heart, soul, and mind! This is the first and greatest of all commandments.
‘ “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.’
It isn’t enough to just need God once in a while, we must need Him at all times, love Him at all times, and commune with Him at all times. Our perspective must always be God first!
Let us not grieve the Holy Spirit within, but honor Him on a daily basis!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!