A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
How to open ourselves to a
relationship with God.
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
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 start’ in 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
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, aren’t 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
Continue to the next article, “Sound faith”.