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ImageWhen I was in high school, it became a popular claim among evangelicals to say, "Christianity is NOT a religion, it's a relationship!"  I even wore a button to school proclaiming this to everyone who would take time to read it.

In recent years, I've come to realize how shallow my relationship with God truly was.  I have taken so much for granted through my intellectual knowledge of the scriptures and even my experiences of worship.  I've had times of encounter with Him, but I don't believe I really knew what I was touching, or what His desires were.  I was seeking some kind of experience, something to make me feel better, something to show others that I had it together, that I knew God.

But I have recently discovered something. 

Throughout scriptures, God is constantly involved in people’s lives. This is because we were created for this intimacy with Him. From the garden of Eden to Abraham, Moses and Israel, Jesus and His disciples, God is constantly demonstrating His desire to fellowship with us. Billions of people have been born on this earth and we were all created to have this relationship with Him, but only a few choose it. Eph 1:4-5 says that we were chosen before the foundation of the world and that He predestined us to be adopted into His family. So before the worlds were created, we were in God’s heart. In His foreknowledge of our individual histories, He knew that we would voluntarily say ‘Yes’ to His Son. As I write this, I have a picture of the Father sitting on His throne with the Son standing next to Him and the Holy Spirit swirling between Them.

It’s been said that we are created with a God shaped hole in our hearts, meant for God Himself to come and fill. Scriptures tell us that we were created for intimacy, deep relationship with God - God the Father (1JN 1:3), God the Son (1Cor 1:9) and God the Holy Spirit (2Cor 13:14). The thought is staggering that we are formed in His image, created to be indwelt, predestined to be one with the ONE. that somehow our redeemed lives reflect some unique facets of His glory, His beauty, His character. We who are mere creatures, lowly fragile humanity, yet He has set us apart for unity with Himself (JN 17:20-24). Assuredly we will not become God, yet we are invited into the depths of the Godhead’s koinonia (intimate fellowship) through the divine wisdom of the Father and the meekness and sacrifice of Jesus.

 

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