Who says having a relationship with God is not important?
Its important that we establish a good relationship with God, but having one does not mean its enough to give us the promised salvation. So, the question is, how is our relationship with Him? Is it improving or declining? Or do we have such relationship?
First, lets discuss how we have relationship with God. We do believe, as others do too, that our relationship with Him is not only a mere Creator -creation relationship. More than that, God wants us to become His loving children, worthy of His love, care and mercy. Jesus says “for One is your Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 23:9) and then He teaches us the Lord’s prayer, He addresses God as, “Our Father, who art in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9). The belief that God is a Father to all of us does not come from folktale. Others, do not believe that God fathered anyone as their holy books says.
If God is our Father, then we are His children. God has no grandchildren, only sons and daughters. This means we, as individuals stand in our own faith. We can not save anyone except ourselves. Our individual faith to Him does that.
But, how do we become sons and daughters of God? Does it mean that we, as His creations are also called children of God? Can we consider that all human beings are children of God? In John 8:44, Jesus speaks, “You are of the Devil as father, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and did not abide in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own, for he is a liar and the father of it.” Jesus is referring to the people whom in His time, shows the character of being sons of the devil. They do the will of the devil and not the will of God, making them not children of God but children of the devil himself.
Therefore, not all of us are children of God. Because, not all of us believe in God and in Jesus Christ. Not all of us, obey the commandments, seeking His kingdom and searching for His will. Logically, we can not consider anyone who does not believe in Him to be a child of God.
Now, how to become a child of God. Jesus sets an example to all of us on becoming a son of God. (1 Peter 2: 21) For Christ also suffered on our behalf, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps. We become God’s child when we do what is necessary and according to His will. (Mat 3:15) And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. Remember the voice when Jesus was baptized by John in the river of Jordan? The voice says, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17) Jesus, by leaving an example, shows that anyone who does the will of the Father and doing what is righteous will give us the right to be called His beloved sons or daughters.
We have to do the will of the Father. Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Joh 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Part of doing His will is to believe in His name, to be born not of blood or flesh, not on the will of any man but of God. Early Christians became children of God because they did what is necessary to become a child of God, that is, accepting the words of God, growing in faith, fellowship with the church of God and standing firm with the faith they received from God. We became children of God because of the faith in Jesus Christ. Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Noticed, that part of being a children of God is not only having faith but being baptized into Christ. Among those who have been baptized were added to the church of God. Act 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. Act 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. This is the relationship God wants us to have, Father and children relationship inside the church of God.
How to improve the relationship? Focus first on our family. People became busy nowadays because of the proliferation of many activities that makes us away from one another. Husbands usually go with their friends instead of having quality time with their family. Wives, socially interacts with other wives but forget to tend their children with the much attention they need. As a result, children are more happy with their friends outside their homes. There is nothing wrong with interacting with other people, but the problem is, people forget the most basic foundation of our society- the family.
We learned from schools that family is important; and as technology grows, the relationship and the values within the family circle started to become uncomfortable. This is Biblical, because according to Apostle Paul, in the last days, difficult times will come. (2 Timothy 3: 1-3) This is because people forget the values needed to create a harmonious society, even the spiritual values are now unknown to many children. Parents failed to pass these spiritual teachings to their children, thus producing an ungodly community. It all starts at the family.
We believe that the family that prays together, stays together. Children imitates the spirituality of their parents. The Bible says, Isa 59:21 And I make a covenant with you: I have given you my power and my teachings to be yours forever, and from now on you are to obey me and teach your children and your descendants to obey me for all time to come.” It is the duty of everyone to teach our children to obey God’s commandments. And its best that we teach them while they are young. Its a matter of training them while they are young. Pro 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. As an example, parents should pray, but as they pray, they should open their rooms so that their children will see their spirituality. Children should learn form their parents that they must have quality time with their Creator.
As each member of the family grow closer to the Lord, the relationship within the family will also grow strong. Communication is an essential thing and members of the family that continue to communicate freely and openly, with love and respect, will become a God-centered family.
We said before that we must improve our relationship with God individually, but it doesn’t mean that we can not do it as a family. Now, what are the things that we must do to improve our relationship with our Father – God?
Inside the family, constant communication with love and respect are key values to become a better family. Parents want to hear from their children – because they love their children. This is the same reason why God wants to hear from us also – because God loves us. Praying is a way of communication with God- our Creator. God, our Father hears our prayers. He listens and know whats best for us. Prayers are effective tool for improving our relationship with God.
Some of God’s servants know the value and importance of prayer, as well as the power of prayers in their lives. Jesus told his disciples a parable to teach them that they should always pray and never become discouraged. (Luke 18:1) Apostle Paul advises the members of the church to always pray. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Kind David knows the power of prayer as he continually pray and constantly communicate with God every morning, in the afternoon, in the night and almost every time. (Psalms 55:17; Psalms 88:1-2) Psa 55:16 But I call to the LORD God for help, and he will save me. Psa 55:17 Morning, noon, and night my complaints and groans go up to him, and he will hear my voice. Psa 88:1 LORD God, my savior, I cry out all day, and at night I come before you. Psa 88:2 Hear my prayer; listen to my cry for help!
Again, Jesus set us an example as He prayed the whole night before He call His disciples. (Luke 6:12-13) And He advises the Apostles to be watchful and prayerful so that they may have the strength to face the things that will happen soon. (Luke 21:36) To know more about prayers, please click the following links: (1), (2) and (3).
Praying to God as a family is one way of improving our relationship with God. Relationships do not last if there are no communications. God wants us to constantly talk with Him, and remember that He always listens.
What are other ways we must do to improve our relationship with God?
To be continued…