December’s “Encouraging Word”
by Tony Cooper, Executive Director (for Birmingham Christian Family magazine)
How Is Your Relationship?
How is your relationship with God? Relationship is defined as having a connection, association, or involvement. What is amazing is Almighty God, the Creator of heaven and earth, desires to have a personal relationship with mankind. The question is, does man desire to have a relationship with God?
A relationship with God is made possible by experiencing a spiritual birth. In John 3:3 Jesus says, “… I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” One must then work to strengthen the relationship established with God after this spiritual birth. This requires four characteristics:
KNOW God. To know is to be familiar with, aware of, and to understand clearly and with certainty. This requires more than just knowing about, it is to know personally. Philippians 3:10 says, “I want to know Christ…
LOVE God. Matthew 22:37 says, “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’”
TRUST God. Trust is to have confidence in, to depend on, and to believe in. Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
SERVE God. Serve means to put other’s needs ahead of your own; to consider others more important than yourself. You need to put God first in your life. Psalm 100:2 says, “Serve the Lord with gladness…”
Let’s have a strong relationship with God by – knowing, loving, trusting, and serving Him!