Developing Your Relationship with God (Part 1)

I must admit that developing my relationship with God has not been an easy one. For one thing, I am an extreme introvert. If you put me in a crowded room with a bunch of people, I will get extremely nervous. For example, most of the relationships in my life are “to-a-point” basis. Any closer than that and I back-off real fast! However, with God, a relationship is never “to-a-point and no further”. A relationship with God is always deep, intimate, and personal. In other words, SCARY!

Imagine a relationship where someone knows absolutely everything about you. They know your flaws, your character, your personality, your thoughts, and even what you’re going to do in the future. There’s absolutely no way you could pretend with this person. Because they know everything.

The above mentioned person is JESUS CHRIST! He knows everything about us. WHY? Because he is GOD! Because he made us! And because he is always by our side! Watching over us and caring about our needs and our wants. But, he also knows our thoughts and our wrong doings.

So why in the world would I want to develop a relationship with Jesus when he already knows everything any way? Because as I learn more about God, and what Jesus did on the cross for me, I realize how much God loves me. No matter what, I am unconditionally loved by him. Even if I mess up (which I know I will) God still loves and accepts me. And he wants the best for me.

Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

James 1: 17 also says “ Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.”

God is not that judge in the sky who looks over us ready to strike if we do anything bad, but he is a loving father who wants that best for his children.

Please do not get me wrong. God wants us to repent and turn from our wicked ways. He will not accept it if we continue to sin. But, he does want us to accept Jesus Christ into our life and walk in the good and perfect way that he has for us.

The reason I am writing this post, is because I am taking up the challenge to develop my relationship with God. And I would Love it if you will join me.

Lets face it. Without a relationship with God, our christian lives are a mere shell that have no basis or meaning. As the bible says in Hebrews 11:6 “It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”

I have titled this series “Developing your Relationship with God” and it will be just as new for me as it is for you. But I am putting myself through the test to go deeper with God in the hope that I will truly know Christ and make him know.

To begin this journey, I have begun to read the New Testament in 90 days. I have never read through the new testament before, so I am interested to see what God will reveal to me.

I will continue to update you on this this challenge. So stay tune for all future post on “Developing your relationship with God.”

Also, please let us know other ways that you develop your relationship with God.

Love,
Stephanie

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