We humans are social beings and so we associate with many people in our life. We share various types of relationships with them such as friendship, partnership, family relationships, romantic relationships, etc. Among these, certain relationships are very special to us. We invest our heart and soul in such relationships. We love and care those people so very much. But what if, they did not value us or our feelings and what if they ignore us? Each one of us has definitely experienced at least one such relationship. How did it feel? Weren’t you hurt to the core? Have we hurt anyone likewise?
What about our relationship with God? Are we ignoring and hurting Him?
Let us open the treasure book to find clues on this!
OPENING THE TREASURE BOOK
Clue 1: The relationship
Our relationship with God
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”John 1:12-13
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”Romans 8: 16-17
If you have received Jesus then you are a rightful child of God. In this world that we live, legal children inherit everything that their parents own. If there is more than one child, their possessions will be divided among the children. Here the scripture says we are his legal children, so we have an inheritance from father God and we are joint heirs with our big brother Jesus.
Furthermore, GOD is our Creator. He is our Lord and our Savior, our King, our Strength and our Refuge, our Best friend and our Brother, our Super Hero, our Help and our Healer, our Comforter and our Counselor. In fact, He is EVERYTHING to us.
God’s relationship with us
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”John 3:16
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”Romans 5:8
God loves us so very much that he gave his beloved son to die for our sake. If we believe in Him we do not have to take the eternal punishment we deserve but can have life everlasting. Romans 5:8 confirms that God loves us unconditionally – while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Our friends or our family will not dare to die for our sake, not even our parents who loves us the most. The love of God towards us is unconditional and above every other love we see and experience.
Zechariah 2:8 says he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. God considers us as the apple of his eyes. This expression indicates that we are very precious for Him and are His priced possession whom He values very much.
So the RELATIONSHIP that we share with Him is VERY SPECIAL. No “one” or no “thing” can ever fill His “shoes” in our lives. We are incomplete and lost without Him. And for Him, we are very precious and are His priced possession.
Clue 2: The relationship status
Commitment, faithfulness, loyalty, honesty, respect, love and care, being available for one another are certain key aspects in all relationships. Just that the levels of these aspects vary for the different types of relationships. If the levels of all these aspects are weak, then the relationship grows cold and will not last for long. People in serious relationships are expected to stay committed to one another, be faithful, sincere, love, respect and care for one another, be true to their word and be there for each other through thick & thin.
God keeps all these aspects required for the relationship. We know that he loves us unconditionally and cares for us. He introduced Himself as “I AM WHO I AM” to Moses in Exodus 3:14. HE becomes the “WHO” we are in need of, at any given point of time. He is always available and very committed in this relationship.
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”2 Corinthians 1:20
Furthermore, He is faithful and always keeps his word. All His promises are Yes and Amen. He is very serious about the relationship.
So the relationship status of God is ” SERIOUSLY COMMITTED”.
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.Matthew 22:37-38
“You shall have no other gods before Me.Exodus 20:3
The first and the greatest commitment from our part for this relationship with God is to put Him First and to Love Him with All our HEART, All our SOUL and All our MIND. All our heart, soul and mind should be committed to loving Him as we already learned (Give it all). If we love God with all our heart then nothing else will take His place in our life. There won’t be any place for Evil or Wickedness. We will depart from it and hate it. And if love for God takes up all of our heart then we will not have anyone / anything else before Him. God should be our first priority no matter what situation we are in!
So what is your relationship status? Seriously committed ? Or not?
Clue 3: Signs of a broken relationship
If we prioritize something more than God then it means we Love that “something” more than God and it is IDOLATRY. The literal meaning of Idolatry is extreme admiration, love, or reverence for something or someone. Idolatry shifts our focus from God to other worldly things. Everything that takes up place in our heart more than our God is our Idol. Every impure and evil desire in our heart is also Idolatry.
Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and put before them that which causes them to stumble into iniquity”.Ezekiel 14:3
Idolatry will let us to trip over into SIN because moving our focus away from God will make us fall into SIN. Nevertheless, Idolatry itself is SIN. It is being unfaithful to Him. It is same as cheating on your partner with some one else. Idolatry in heart is similar to sexual immorality done in the body. As how sexual immorality defiles ones body, IDOLATRY DEFILES your HEART.
We should do a self check as to what is our Idol. It might be our studies, our friendship, our family, our smartphones, our games, our social media accounts, our endeavors, our obsessions or anything else that takes away our focus from God and takes the place of God in our heart!!!
Clue 4: Mend the broken relationship
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry1 Corinthians 10:14
Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatryColossians 3:5
We should flee from Idolatry and all evil that tries to get into our heart. Put to death all wickedness and evil desires in your heart. Fill you heart completely with Love for God and do not let unwanted garbage to creep in!!!
Communication is key to any relationship. Find time to communicate with God. Talk to God daily and spend time with HIM in PRAYER. Get to know HIM better by reading the scriptures. Worship Him and give him the honor that is due to HIM. Ask the guidance of Holy Spirit in everything and in due time your relationship status will change to “SERIOUSLY COMMITTED”.
We are in a RELATIONSHIP with God that is VERY SPECIAL.
For Him, we are very precious and are His priced possession.
In this relationship with us, God’s status is “Seriously Committed.” HE becomes the “WHO” we are in need of, at any given point of time.
Our commitment is to put God first and to Love Him with all our Heart, Soul and Mind.
Find your idols (everything that takes up space in our heart more than God) and put them to death. Flee from Idolatry. Fill your heart with the Love for God and change your relationship status to “Seriously Committed“.
When our relationship with God is in order then every other relationship will be in place and balanced.
Father, we thank you for teaching us about the commitment required in the relationship with you. Holy Spirit, help us to find our idols and put them to death. Help us to flee from Idolatry. Help us to be seriously committed in our relationship with You and fill our hearts with Love for you. Lord Jesus, we thank you for loving us unconditionally. In Jesus name, Amen!