I missed celebrating a very important milestone in December. My spiritual birthday. We celebrated our big TWENTY. Me and God, that is!
For the past twenty years, I have not walked alone.
For the past twenty years, I have been reconciled to my God.
For the past twenty years, I have been an intimate relationship with my Savior Jesus.
For the past twenty years, I have been redefined as Christ’s bride!
**Who am I in Christ, matters far more
than how this world defines me!**
For the past twenty years, God has rescued me time and time again.
He has not stopped rescuing me.
He has not stopped protecting me.
He has continued His work in my life, as I have given Him the room to work.
For the past twenty years, God has been…
My spiritual Husband.
My Source of Peace.
Where real happiness comes from.
Like any marriage, we have had our ups and downs.
There have been many days when I have allowed the distractions of this world detour me from my Savior’s plans for our lives.
Today, I read something that causes me to pause at this point:
In my relationship with my Savior, have I acted like God is my Husband? Or, have I acted more like an acquaintance to my Savior?
Cause Us to Evaluate
This should cause me and every other Christian to evaluate our loving relationship with our Savior. On Joanna Weaver’s page today, she posted something that I would like to share here –
“True friendship with God must be reciprocated.
A give-and-take of love on both sides.
Anything less leads only to mere acquaintance
In our relationship with Jesus Christ, where would we say that we fall? In relationships, we can label them as “one-sided” if the only time we converse with the individual is to share our needs, our problems, and our thoughts. A relationship should be two people interacting, sharing, and meeting each other’s needs. This applies to relationship with our great Savior.
Through praying fervently and being in the Word, we can hear God speak directly into our lives.
The thing is – we need to begin listening.
We need to begin seeing God on an exclusive basis!
While God makes Himself available to all men, women, and yes especially children through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we need to remember something.
It is a relationship.
… where we are chosen.
… where we have His love poured onto us.
… where we are valued beyond measure.
… where we learn He is the One to fill every void in our lives.
… where He is the source of all joy, peace, and abundant life.
In Deuteronomy 6:13, I am reminded that this is an exclusive relationship. God makes it clear that He is to be the only God in our lives. Our relationship with Him is to be above all other relationships we have in our lives. I love the way that the Message translates this verse –
“Deeply respect God, your God.
Serve and worship him exclusively.
Back up your promises with his name only.”
The Message continues to translate vv. 14-19 in this way –
“Don’t fool around with other gods, the gods of your neighbors,
because God, your God, who is alive among you is a jealous
God. Don’t provoke him, igniting his hot anger that would burn
you right off the face of the Earth. Don’t push God, your God,
to the wall as you did that day at Massah, the Testing-Place.
Carefully keep the commands of God, your God, all the
requirements and regulations he gave you. Do what is right;
do what is good in God’s sight so you’ll live a good life and
be able to march in and take this pleasant land that God so
solemnly promised through your ancestors, throwing out
your enemies left and right—exactly as God said.”
I want to take this time to just think on some goals I would like to have for the next 6 weeks as I look to the second part of February and the month of March.
- Stay caught up on daily jobs (housework/cooking/caring-for-others).
- Begin spending the first part of my day in the Word of God.
- Start back exercising 15 minutes a day.
- Catch up on my review books that still need my attention.
- Also, I would like to read one chapter of the Bible each week. The chapters may vary from week to week. For example, this week I am studying Romans 12. Next week, it may be a chapter from a completely different book of the Bible.
- Daily Bible Studies: “Armor of God” by Priscilla Shirer// “Making the Journey” by Me (on Sunday, we begin week 2 of our Psalms of Ascent study. Join us!)
- How to give myself to work that God has called me toward.
- How to eat a more healthful diet.
- How to write on a daily basis regardless of how busy I may be.
- How to spend my days without so much different distractions (TV/Social Media).
- The significance of the truths found in Deuteronomy 6:13-19. I need to make it a regular habit to WRITE OUT this passage! Commit it to memory. Keep it fresh on my heart.
- More aware of spending time with my Savior Jesus in prayer and through the reading of His love letter to His Bride, the Church.
- Oblivious to all that is going on around me. I need to stay centered on my Savior Jesus Christ, to such a degree that I am so lost in Jesus that I have no idea who is physically around me while I worship.
- Wrapped up in His Presence.