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A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

How to open ourselves to a
relationship with God.


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How do we start with this aim in mind, i.e. beginning a relationship with God? Well, we need to apply two steps here. They are both important; both need to be applied during the process.

Not surprisingly, the first step involves theoretically understanding God and his potential relationship with us: who he is, what he expects of us, what he offers us through faith; where and how his presence can impact us; how to walk through life with him. This step of building knowledge is important, as you may guess, because it is very hard to believe in anything at all without first understanding what we are trying to believe in. In other words, searching for some fairytale god in our lives is unlikely to lead to the long lasting belief and faith that has been evident within Christianity for some 2,000 years.

For a brief explanation of Christianity and our God please read Christianity explained” on this website. It should give you a head startin that required understanding. But further reading and study is necessary of course in the long term, especially in regard to the New Testament (the Jesus bits). The outcome of your Bible studies, at this stage, should be greatly improved if you are guided by your church of choice .

The all important second step begins with accepting through faith that God really is there, as defined within the Bible: loving each of us unconditionally and wanting us to enter into a relationship with him. Initially we simply just accept or suppose that he is in this world and within our lives. Imagining his existence in this way does not make him any less real, as you should subsequently find out for yourself. In effect, we deliberately open ourselves to his presence in our lives.

We should begin to regularly spend time in his company, talking to him, looking for his guidance and wisdom, sensing his love, and indeed being grateful that this powerful being wants a relationship with each of us. Of course, I am not saying this all happens easily for us. We are human beings after all, arent we?

With the passing of time God desires that the relationship will further deepen. Essentially, he dearly loves each one of us, and wants us to come to actually love him back. Jesus himself gave us this directive, Love the Lord your God with all your Heart and all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. [Mark 12:30].

I completely understand that may seem a tall order when we are just starting out on the path of faith. I admit I could not even contemplate how to actually love God when I took my first steps of faith. Firstly, I did come to recognise that when we get our heads around what he actually did for us through the life and death of Jesus, we are encouraged to open our hearts towards him. Although atheist websites fail to get it, I can say with confidence that recorded historical events actually support the Biblical account of events, rather than challenge them. Secondly and importantly for myself, the relationship between God and me slowly but surely kindled deeper emotions as I relaxed into it. Of course this just travels along at a pace relative to each of us individually.

Finally though, you may wonder does he want a relationship with you? My word he does! Our God loves each one of us dearly. Actually, the Bible tells us that It does not matter what bad things we have done in the past, because he has already cleaned the slate. We really can accept, through faith, that he did that over two thousand years ago when Jesus (God incarnate) died on the cross. Hence one of his titles is,Lamb of God”. He sacrificed his life to redeem/ pay for our wrongdoings, so that all we have to do now is concentrate on our relationship with him.

Continue to the next article, Sound faith.