"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
Loving God Above All Things
How is your personal relationship with the Lord? The answer to this question is the secret to the condition of our churches, our city, our nation and ourselves. It seems like we can’t get to the point of actually developing a relationship with God that goes beyond “Thank you God for this food that I am about to receive!” We are call to love God above all things; but, do we really?
Some of us are very faithful in our church attendance. Some do a good job in keeping themselves busy in, what we like to call, “The things of God”. Some of us find ourselves approaching God like children approach Santa Claus during Christmas; it is all about what I can get. Coming before the Lord with a list of prayer requests is not enjoying intimacy with Him.
What about those that love to read and study the Word? That is good, and a Christian “Must do”. However, consider and judge for yourself what the Holy Spirit told me some years ago, as I struggle with my own personal quality time with God:
“The soldier took the time every week to write to his wife. The couple was just recently married before he was deported to Iraq. After eighteen months, he could not wait to see his wife again; to embrace, to kiss, and to enjoy intimacy with her. The soldier was finally home and every time he approached his wife; she quickly stop him by saying: “Wait honey, I want to read the letter you send me back in January.” After a few minutes, the husband tried again and again, the wife was more interested in reading another one of his letters than in having intimacy with her husband. After a while, how do you think that soldier felt?”
Our personal relationship with God can’t be substituted by church programs, ministries and/or activities. Our relationship with God can’t be delegated to our pastors, leaders, wives, husbands, the TV Evangelist and/or friends. Jesus gave his life, not only to save us, but to give us the amazing and indescribable opportunity to have a personal relationship with HIM. May the first commandment become a reality in your heart and mine.