Ever ask why relationships are such a hot topic in the church? Think about it….our entire world revolves around relationships. How we think, feel, and act are predetermined by our relationships with our parents (if any) family, friends, co-workers, and even strangers.
The most important relationship we will ever have hopefully is our relationship with Jesus. Just imagine for a second, we treat Jesus like our absent father who wants to rekindle a relationship down the road. We ignore his phone calls, or we only call him when we need money.
How about treating him like an overbearing, but nurturing mother? You only run to momma when you feel like your world is over, but as soon as a little light shines through your gone. Running to your pleasures again and leaving your poor mother behind.
Maybe you treat Jesus more like that annoying co-worker, you pretend to listen to as they tell you about their weekend. Or you abruptly end the conversation because they get on your nerves. You’d rather spend time with anyone else than them.
Or maybe Jesus was like the homeless man you saw on the street and said to yourself, he only wants my money to buy liquor and you pass him by without thinking twice. Whether you have a super close relationship with Jesus comparing to the mothers scenario or more similar to the annoying co-worker it’s safe to say your relationship needs work.
The concept to grasp is that you want a healthy relationship with all five relationships, including Jesus. The key to acknowledge is that the only way you can have a healthy relationship with those on earth is to first develop a healthy relationship with Christ. This takes time! Spend time with as if he were your BFF. The love that Jesus has is not like your parents. It’s so much more!
It’s been a while since my last blog. If you’re wondering why just re-read the title. Yes! I officially did exactly what the bible said not to do. I became weary in well-doing. So what happened you ask? I’ll get to that in a sec. I still want to keep my tradition and live up to the name short n’ sweet by keeping this blog as short as possible!
Long story short, I felt like Sarah, Abraham’s wife in the bible. I believed God for a promise he made me a few years ago. No seriously, I really did believe. But after months turned into years, I started to question whether or not God was holding out on me. I felt I was ready to get the blessing sooner rather than later, and that feeling quickly turned into anger and frustration when nothing happened right away.
After months, turned into years of praying and crying about the same thing, I became like Sarah, extremely frustrated and I decided to take matters into my own hands. When it didn’t work out, AT ALL, I began to lose hope in what I was once believed so strongly. Once the enemy stole my hope, I no longer had the strength to fight the battle of faith. I quietly settled for defeat.
Even in my silent suffering, God never left me. In fact, he was working behind the scenes I just did not see it! My weariness had taken me out, so the enemy thought. What the devil didn’t know is that even though I had lost my faith that it would come to pass soon; A piece of me still knew it would come to pass, just not in the time frame I wanted. Do you know God met me in my weary place? Hallelujah! Just like he met Elijah in the cave, God met with me! He gave me the scripture we all know and love in Isaiah 40…they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not faint! Yes God! Your word is life and like a fresh cold of water! It snapped me right out of my coma!
Slowly but surely my faith is increasing, my hope is returning! But the greatest lesson of all was learning about God’s grace. I’ll never let myself get this weary ever again now that I understand more about God’s grace. He gives us grace to endure! Grace to love! Grace to serve Him! I am forever grateful for his grace! I will ask for it every morning, because I now understand I need it every single day! I was never meant to carry this life on my own. That’s why on your journey with Christ, in the sand you’ll see two footprints instead of one. Selah.