Whenever we sing the song, "I AM A FRIEND OF GOD", i think back over the years and i recollect the times when i have not been in that particular 'status' of my relationship with Him. Honestly, the years when i was an atheist (1987-1989) were the darkest years of my life!
Yesterday, at Grace Covenant Church, Sister Ruth was given a chance to preach the Word of God. As she shyly (must have been her first time!) went about explaining her notes on the above subject, i suddenly found myself listening intently to the message that was unfolding in my mind. When challenged to rate my relationship with Jesus on a scale of 1-10, i was disappointed to mark myself a measly 4! (And this was not out of modesty but in truth!).
"Are you in an intimate relationship with Christ so much so you share all your secrets with Him?"
"Are you really a friend of God?"
"Do you trust Him enough to do what He said He would do for you?" (e.g. Hebrews 13:5, Is. 41:13, Ps. 55:22)
The questions came one after another and it was no longer Ruth who was speaking to me but the Holy Spirit convicting me of not making God my priority!
"How much time do you spend reading your newspaper?"
"How much time do you spend watching movies?"
"How much time do you spend in front of the mirror?"
I soon realised that i was spending very little time in His Presence, listening to His voice.
Psalm 5:3 - My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
By the time Ruth had completed her sharing with a 'How to rate' instruction, i had already made a decision to make the necessary corrections in my life.
She had said -
-Continue to strive to know Him more
-Those who are followers but don't yet have a relationship with Him, establish it and taste a victorious life!
-Those who are born Christians but do not follow even the Word, bring them to the understanding of what a relationship with Him will bring them!
Pastor David's built on Ruth's message since her message ended earlier than the scheduled time period. He brought us to the understanding that 'Mankind was to be the 'bride' of Christ. One can be blessed only after you get into that intimate love relationship with Christ. Christianity is all about love!
Your anointing is directly proportional to the intimacy of your relationship with God. In the Bible, we see Apostle John having such an intimate relationship with Jesus! He was the only one who came to the cross and Jesus even places His mother in his charge. Mary Magdalene was another. Her despair at not finding Jesus' body in the tomb and then His appearance to her in His glorified body speaks volumes about her relationship with Jesus.
Much is being said about 'the rapture' but how passionate are we in seeking that relationship with him so that we can one day be united with Him?
Let us do an audit of how much we spend time reading his Word. Reading the Bible is 'listening' to Him speak! You are taken into His presence ... and in His presence there is the fullness of joy!
James 1:22 - But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.