And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:30-31 KJV)
There are many different ways to have relationship with someone, but there is the only one way to have intimate relationship with God. Before we’d go deeper meaning of relationship with God, let’s discuss about why the most people have hard time to keep relationships.
In this message series, we will discuss the four types of relationship. First type is the relationship with God. This is the main important to have to get other three types of relationship. Second type is relationship with ourselves. Even though this title may seem to be self-centered message, we must understand that the reason God created relationship is that we need to recognize who we are and why He brought us to the earth. Third type is the relationship with other. And the last ones will be the relationship with finance or material things.
Many today’s messages of relationship are fulfilled with the world ways of having relationship and not on God’s standard. If we read Genesis 2, before God created Eve, we see that Adam was lonely and cannot find any other helper to accomplish his work (v. 20). Just imagine how lonely when you do not have someone to fellowship for a month and you cannot go out of apartment due to your disability. I had been down in this road before and it was not pleasant to get into.
Do we know why many people are failing their relationships on marriage, family, business, finance, church, and etc.? It was not because financial situation, but of their lacks of communication and desire to success to reach their goals quickly. Money and other material things don’t communicate us. People around us are that we can have communication every day at anywhere. The way we communication with other people, it reflects to our families, businesses, churches, finances, and etc.
God didn’t create relationship not because He wanted to overrule us, but He wanted to have fellowship with us each day. He wants to love us and take of care us as His children. We do not hear the message of the Cross relates to relationship anymore. We are here not because we want to take over the earth as some television evangelists put us as “little gods.” We are living in this earth because we have relationship with Someone who created us. That is God, who raised His Son, Jesus Christ, from the dead.
Do you want that relationship? If you do, please consider to surrender your life to Him. Not to me or any other pastors, but give your life to Jesus Christ. He is all you need. The world may tell you thousand ways to be saved from going to Hell, but there is the only one way to get that. That is having relationship with God through Jesus Christ.