Protect Your Relationship With God
Why? Why is it necessary to put time and energy into protecting a relationship that we have already obtained when we became Christians? What is at stake if we don’t protect it?
As I was growing up, we had a room in our home that was known simply as ‘The Den.’ In this room, my dad had a large desk which he usually sat behind, a TV that was always tuned in to the current news, shelves holding academic books, and a couch for company. It was neat and immaculate. When anyone walked up the steps to our home, the first view that they had besides the front porch, was the one of my dad through the window sitting in our den, working on the family’s paperwork.
Dad took care of our bills, planned for our vacations, and pursued information for next steps in our lives such as different possibilities for college education and financial investments.
It could be easy to forget about Dad working away in his office while we were busy chasing the dog, watching re-runs in the family room, or going next door to visit our friends.
But we all ate our family dinner together every night at exactly 6:00 PM, and sometimes I played a game of checkers with him in his den, and sometimes he’d call me to come watch a current event on the news that he thought was important for us to know about. Frequently, I’d bring him my freshly made chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven before he’d have a chance to ask.
Just like how we find special ways to maintain relationships with important people in our lives, we need to be purposeful in protecting our relationship with God.
Here are 3 reasons why I find it easy sometimes to forget to protect my relationship with God:
- Because God is always available, it is easy to take God for granted.
- Because God will never stop loving me, it is easy to do things ‘my way’ first.
- Because I keep trying to serve God, I forget to do what is harder –take time to interact with Him through reading the Bible and praying.
What’s at stake when we fail to protect our relationship with God? Well, if we don’t spend time in ‘His den,’ then we might not know how to get there, or where to find Him when that time of crisis comes.
Remember, a relationship builds itself moment-by-moment, and memory by memory. The relationship that you want with God is a strong and interactive one, where you form a confidence in relating to God, who is caring for you all along.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future,
nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
What steps do you take to invest in your relationship with God?