Children at a Gospel presentationCan one really have a relationship with another person unless they spend time together?  When considering our relationship with God I believe this is a fundamental question we must ask ourselves and honestly answer.  Most would quickly say that it is difficult if not impossible to form a close bond with another person if there is little or no intimate contact.

To build a personal relationship with God we must spend time with Him.  In order to get to know Him we must interact with Him on a daily basis and give Him priority in our lives.  If we say with our mouths, “God, I want to know you and serve you with everything I have” yet everything else in our lives seems to take precedence over Him, how sincere are we really being?

There is an old saying that “actions speak louder than words” and when we say, “I love God” with our lips, but through our actions put Him last, our love is not real.  This is a difficult truth to face up to because sometimes we think that saying, “I love you” is the same as actually doing it. Unfortunately, our society teaches us that words are cheap, time is dear, and follow through is not something that is always necessary.

For instance, if a woman says she “loves” a man and wants to become his wife but hardly spends a moment with him how sincere would her fiancé’ believe her intentions are? Likewise, if a young man says he “loves” a woman yet keeps dating other girls would that woman believe there was a future for them? In either case any rational person would say, “of course not.” Spiritually speaking, we cannot say we love God yet allow everything in our lives to be more important to us than Him and expect our relationship to flourish or be meaningful.  God is not fooled and certainly does not want someone who has little time to “date” Him on Earth spending eternity with Him in heaven as His wife.  It is that simple.

That fact is that whatever we love we make time for.   True love finds a way and will overcome any obstacle that stands between it and the object of its desire.  If you truly desire a relationship with God you will find a way to it happen and make it the priority in your life.

Moreover, true love demands expression. In the natural world people who are madly and passionately in love must express their desire. Worship means to “kiss towards’ and in the spiritual realm those who are madly and passionately in love with God will drop everything in order to be with Him intimately.  Lack of passion, desire, and expression demonstrates lack of love and commitment.

God loves you and wants a relationship with you.  He is always available for you if you are available for Him.  Just like any person God loves to spend time with and draw near to those who wish to spend time with and draw near to Him.  If the church is His bride it means we desire to be His wife.  If we do not care for our fiancé in this world; how can we ever expect to marry Him in the world to come?

Read “Tabernacles: The Bride of Christ”

Suggested book: “Praying Hyde, Apostle of Prayer: The life story of John Hyde.” by E. G. Carre.