why do we need a relationship with god
The following is an edited transcription of the audio. What does it mean to have a relationship with God? O that all believers would make it a priority to grow in answering that question! That they would join those in church history who have gone deepest in their relationship with God! I ll mention John Owen as one example. He has written a book called
Communion with God, which is another old-fashioned way of saying relationship with God. What a relationship with God means is that we are receiving communications from God about himself both through his word and through history. He comes to us in Jesus Christ, in his teaching, in his cross, in his apostles, through his word, and he is speaking to us. And his speaking is made vital to us by the present presence of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. That s half the relationship. He takes the initiative. We receive his communications and, by the Spirit, are made alive to them. We see them coming his communications of himself, his character, and his work on our behalf and we are awakened to them. We are made to admire them, to delight in them, and to be happy, hopeful, and encouraged. Then we return to him likewise through the word, by the Spirit, and through the name of Jesus Christ prayers, acts of gratitude, resolutions to fight the fight of faith, and acts of obedience.
The result is that our lives are going Godward while his life toward us is coming manward. That s the relationship. A relationship with God happens most fundamentally by the Spirit through the word. Don t try to run away from the Bible to find a relationship with God in the woods or in some kind of aesthetic encounter with nature or with a great piece of art. Those are all supplementary. Yes, the heavens are telling the glory of God (Psalm 19:1). God does use great art and great poetry to awaken us. But if we don t center on the Bible where he is speaking authoritatively and infallibly, then our relationship will become distorted by error and sin. So let the Bible be the place where God meets you and speaks to you, and let the Bible be the place where you speak back to him. The relationship is in this communion: him to us, and us to him. And it happens all throughout the day. We remind ourselves when we get discouraged, Don t be discouraged, Don t be dismayed, Fear not, I ll be with you wherever you go (Isaiah 41:10). You remember those words and call them to mind, because they are from a promise in the Bible. Then you say, Thank you Lord. I will take this next step of obedience. And at that moment a relationship has been enjoyed and a communion has been experienced. And that s how you walk moment by moment with God through this life.
There will never be a relationship in your life that's more important than the one you have with God in Christ. You could say that you're a friend of the president or prime minister of your country, or perhaps even the heads of all states, yet, nothing compares to being the friend of the Creator of the universe. Your relationship with God is more important than any other relationship that you'll ever have in your entire life. Here are some reasons why: 1. Your relationship with God determines where you will spend the whole of eternity Having a relationship with God, or not having it, clearly says where your will spend all of eternity after death. This relationship can only begin by repenting of your sin and turning to Christ for salvation. It simply follows that having a real, genuine relationship with God means that you have done that and are saved (see John 3). 2. Your relationship with God powers you up for daily living Your friendships and other relationships will drain you, but your relationship with God will power you up so that you can live a full life daily. When you give more importance to other relationships, you give away all that you have, including your time, attention, energy, and resources. When you prioritise your relationship with God, you receive more than you can ever give to Him.
The effects of relationships are even more visible when one is in the wrong relationships: "Bad company corrupts good morals" (see 1 Corinthians 15:33). Having good friends influence you towards the good. Having bad friends influence you towards the bad. Having godly friends influence you to be godly, but having God as your Father, your friend and your everything transforms you into Christ's likeness. 3. Your relationship with God will last for all of eternity Everything we have in this earth will fade away, be it riches, friendships, connections with big people, and even ourselves. Yet, one thing that will not fade away is God Himself (see Matthew 24:35). Because of this, we should choose to invest ourselves in Him. Christ said, "Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be" (see Matthew 6:21). If we invest ourselves in worldly relationships, we will only reap worldly benefits. If we invest in God who is in and for all eternity, we will reap eternal harvests. Choose to prioritise the real deal Friend, choose to prioritise your relationship with God more than any other relationship you have or you'll ever have. He is worth all the pursuit. In fact, He's the one pursuing us (see Hebrews 12:2; Jeremiah 31:3; Romans 5:8).
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