Have you ever had a person call you on the phone, you don’t recognise the number on the caller ID, and all they say is ‘Hi, How you going?’ You then pretend that you know who the person is while you are waiting for the caller to give some kind of information that tells you who they are. It only gets more awkward when they ask ‘Do you know who this is?’
It feels like you have a more personal relationship with a person if you can just call and not go through the formalities of name exchange ‘Is that…? This is…!’ you both just can tell who the other is.
One of the misconceptions about God is people think that ‘If I am a good person I can get myself into God’s good books’. But the reality is that we can never be good enough and that’s why we needed Jesus.
So, through Jesus it isn’t about doing, it is about being. It’s about being a child of God, it’s about being loved and loving, and it’s about being in a relationship with God.
This is what Jesus said about the importance and value of this relationship.
Luke 14:25-33 (NKJV)
Leaving All to Follow Christ
25 Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it — 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.
Some may see this as contradicting the other teachings of love by Jesus. That not the case, in fact this is a powerful statement of His desire to have a deep intimate relationship with us. Jesus is telling us that whatever we are passionate about will draw us in, to the point of active pursuit (v25 – 27). But more than that God knows that if we decide to pursue our selfish passions we will leave a trail of incomplete work in our wake moving from one passion to another (v28 – 32).
The only way we can avoid all this is by solely being passionate in response to God (v33). No marriage can survive if one of the couple isn’t committed and passionate about the marriage relationship. It is the same with God. If we are not wholly and solely passionate and committed to our relationship with God then we have no relationship.
God will not only refuse to come a close second in your heart, He also refuses to have His first place be challenged by something or someone else. That’s what this statement of Jesus is focussing on, where does God stand in your life?
When God calls do you KNOW His voice? Can you bypass those formalities?
Make Him your passion!
In faith, hope and love
Steve and Cass Abram