I use to be one of those people that said “My relationship with God isn’t defined by how many times I attend church” or “Just because I don’t talk about God it does not mean I don’t have a relationship with him”. As I started going to church and kept at it I realised how misguided I have been all along. I thought me getting on my knees (every once in a while at that) was enough, me proclaiming that I love God and asking him to do certain things in my life yet having a mediocre approach to things concerning him wasn’t going to work.
Through going to church I had an opportunity to listen the word of God, at that very moment I knew that if I needed him help me realise all the big dreams I have and in the process fulfil my destiny I was going to have to take my relationship with him seriously. Like any other relationship, perhaps a relationship with a boyfriend, for it to fully function it has to be nurtured.
Nurturing my relationship with God meant putting him first, inviting him in everything I do, trusting and respecting him. Arriving at church on time (because he is my number one priority), switching of my cell-phone during the service so I can listen to the word of God (Giving him the respect and the honour he deserves). Singing at church when I need to sing, clapping when I need to clap, giving offering, tithing, reading my bible, giving, showing forgiveness, understanding that my body is his temple and most importantly showing nothing but love.
Ofcourse God wants me to great, that’s all he wants for me, that’s all he wants for all of us but for him to be able to do that for us we have to play our part.
“ Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” Ephesians 3:20
God wants to take us to the next level, he can’t do that if we are being mediocre in our approach to him. I know now that if I live by his instructions and give him praise his favour comes down on me. A flower needs water to grow, to blossom, to reach its full potential. God’s favour is the rain and I am the flower. Rain without the flower is still rain but a flower without rain or water is not a flower.
Him the rain and I the flower.