Faith
Wednesday March 16, 2007
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"Building a relationship with God"

God is seeking to build a relationship with you! Yes, while in your flesh body, He's reaching out to you and it's important that you understand His timing. Your understanding begins as Paul is teaching about your flesh and spiritual bodies in 2 Cor. 5:6 and 5:8:

[6]Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord.

[8] We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

Paul is informing you of this: The moment that you leave your flesh body is the moment that you're with the Lord in your spiritual body. Paul continues in 1 Cor. 15:40 and 1 Cor 15:42 to further clarify: [40] There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. [42] It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

Paul is teaching you about your two bodies and their significance to you. Your time in the flesh is short but extremely important for it's your only opportunity to build a close relationship with God.

He has a special place in His heart for you as He seeks your attention. It's easy to get sidetracked, even doubting yourself pondering over questions like:

(1) What's the reason I'm here, (2) where's life taking me or (3) could there be more to life than this? God's Word sheds light on these real life questions as you ask yourself: what's my role in this relationship. You may learn that He has more in store for you than you've envisioned for yourself.

Time grows short and you play an important role in this relationship. Christ is waiting as He lets you know of His involvement and yours. Matthew 16:27 KJV is where He explains this involvement:

For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
You provide the works; Christ provides the rewards so... Your involvement is real! Christ reaffirms this same point in Rev. 22:12 KJV, Christ speaking:

"And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be."

Christ makes His point and He allows you ample time to prepare for His return. You're rewarded according to your works, and He wants you to see your role as well as His in this relationship. Understand His promises and be thankful for the time He gives you to begin or strengthen this relationship with Him.

Understanding your two bodies helps you realize that these flesh years represent only a small fraction of your time however they

 

count for everything when you visualize why God has placed you in the flesh. Simply stated, this is a relationship in which you're being tested by your Heavenly Father; He wants to know how He stands with you and more importantly, just how much He can depend on you.

These tests form the foundation of a relationship that's fair and considerate. Two of His testing components includes: (1) Every time you repent, He freely removes your sins. He doesn't count them; He removes them. (2) You're rewarded for your works as they follow you to judgment. You learn of this certainty in Rev. 14:13 KJV as it reads:

"And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them."

You feel His involvement as you understand the relationship God seeks to have with you. Just remember the base components: (1) whenever you ask; He erases all the bad you've done and (2) you're allowed to take your good (works) to judgment where your rewards await you. His Word clearly makes this point as He stands ready to join your effort.

God is giving you this opportunity to improve upon or build this relationship with Him. He wants to know you better, and this calls for letting your hair down and opening up to Him; it's called "Building a Relationship". You have nothing to lose; why wait? It's probably your turn to make a move on this two way street of relationship building with God.

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com