In an earlier post, I told you about a conversation I had with the kids about relationship with Christ and how many of us are pimping God. I don't mean that in a crude way. I don't mean to offend, but it WAS the very analogy that God gave me at the time, so I'm going to keep it real. I won't sugar coat it, but I will share the truth of it.
If we are honest, many of us at some point in our walk with God have done just that, we've pimped Him, or treated Him as our personal santa clause or sugar daddy. We go to church on Sunday and put in our 2-2 1/2 hours and we come out with this super hero emblem puffed up on our chest. We did something for God and NOW we're about to get "paid". We may read a few scriptures hear and there or say a prayer...grace before a meal, and we then have this attitude that we have done right by God. And the remainder of the time we are out doing our own thing. Living our lives the way we want and enjoying every minute of it. Saint on Sunday, Heathen the rest of the time. Two standards...
and the sad thing is we think He is pleased and SHOULD be satisfied with that!!!! Then....
we get ticked off when nothing we want or asked for comes to fruition!
OUCH or AMEN...
We now feel God is obligated to BLESS us because we have done our duty. We have our hands out; gimme is our middle names (and some of our first and last names too)!
We don't understand why God isn't blessing us. We can't fathom why God has stopped the flow. If you've ever said or thought...my prayers aren't answered, He doesn't hear me, or this Christian stuff doesn't work.....you've been pimping God!
May I dare say that God is not after being your hook up, your sugar daddy, or your santa claus. God wants a relationship with you. He wants to be your best friend and He wants to hang out with you. Imagine for a moment if you will, You have a friend that never calls you to just say hi or talk. They never come by to visit you and when you visit them, they don't have time or ignore you all together. However, if they called and the person that answered the phone said "so and so" is on the phone, your immediate thought would be what do they WANT!
That would be because you have NO RELATIONSHIP!!!
Ever heard someone say...oh they just call when they need something?
You usually nip these types of "friendships" in the bud and cease to entertain all calls from these type of people.
WHY????? Because you want relationship!!!!
Well, if we as mere humans want something as simple as relationship, what do you think our Great Father in heaven wants?
In Genesis 3:8, They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day..... I'd like to suggest to you that this is because He was accustomed to walking with Adam and Eve and conversing with them as friends do! They had relationship. They could talk with and to God, they could walk WITH Him.
There is no way possible to have friendship with the world and God. We will hate one and love the other!!!
The issue is, what we will not accept as humans from other people, we give to God and expect Him to accept it AND be happy with it!!! I'd like to challenge you today to examine your relationship with Him. Search your heart and ask God to search it as well. Ask Him to show you if you have been putting up a front or if you truly have relationship. Ask Him to reveal your heart to you and then Ask Him to give you a new heart and teach you how to have relationship with Him.
I've been crying out for a relationship with God like others relationship with Him and TODAY, I realize that every relationship is unique and different in the sense of how He relates to each of us and yet it's not. He speaks to us through His Word, through music, through nature, or we just may hear His still small voice whispering to us and guiding/directing us.
Read John 15. I have the New American Standard Bible, I read it there and then looked online and read it in the New Living Translation. I like to sum up that chapter as the relationship chapter.
God wants to freely bless us, but He does not and will not do so at the expense of relationship with Him. That is first and foremost....Matthew 6:33 Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and ALL these things will be added to you!!! Seek first relationship with God, Seek first His righteousness, Seek first His glory, Seek first His face, Seek first His heart........and all the blessings He has for you in heaven will be manifested here on earth. IMAGINE if you will that when we get to heaven, God pulls back a curtain and reveals these were "YOUR" blessings. I had them for you and because you were an heir to the throne, you were entitled to them, but because you didn't seek Me, a relationship, you missed out on these things! And THESE THINGS don't necessarily have to be material possessions. It can simply be PEACE!!!!!!
Have a blessed day in the Lord