What does it take to begin an intimate relationship with God? Wait for lightning to strike? Devote yourself to unselfish religious deeds? Become a better person so that God will accept you? NONE of these. God has made it very clear in the Bible how we can know Him.
We genuinely need people we can trust to tell us the truth, even when it is difficult to hear. Shallow acquaintances are easy to come by, unfortunately they usually fade fast, leaving us with little or no lasting relationship value. On the other hand, healthy, caring relationships can give our lives immeasurable joy and meaning. Like most things of worth, a relationship must be deliberately sought, then continually cultivated and maintained. A meaningful relationship takes hard work and conscious effort.
A balance of giving to, and receiving from, each other (in terms of love, support, affection, time and other resources) makes for healthier, more sustainable intimate relationships. God is deliberately seeking a relationship with you. He freely reaches out to you and begins the relationship by giving you a gift of grace from His heart.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son… – John 3:16
You say wait a minute nothing is FREE there has to be strings attached, a catch, something.
There is honestly no catch. Picture this – you receive absolutely FREE a new never opened cell phone as a gift. You open it up it looks great, you turn it on it lights up and everything, however you can’t use it just yet because you have not activated it. It is however a gift, it’s all yours, it is absolutely one hundred percent FREE, there are no hidden fees, no strings attached, nothing. The giver has simply instructed you of the need to activate your gift before you can fully use it, so you call the phone company, register the phone and suddenly you can receive calls, text, have helpful apps, etc. you’re all set. Although, there was something you had to do in order to make it work it is none the less a FREE gift.
God’s gift to you is much like the phone you received, in that you have it but in order to receive the benefit of having it you need to follow the instructions of the Giver. Now let’s see what you can expect when you properly receive your gift per His instructions.
…that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life – John 3:16
Wow! As if giving you his Only Son wasn’t enough. He continues on with an attempt to make your life wonderful beyond your wildest dreams. It wasn’t enough for God to reach out making the first move by giving you a gift, but when you properly receive His gift you will also receive an unmatched and immeasurable benefit – everlasting life.
All you are required to do at this stage in the relationship is – believe in His Son –
Remember a genuine relationship has to have a shared balance of work and effort to cultivate it. I think one of many of the most wonderful things about God is, He desires for us to know him intimately, He wants us, to share in His life and everything He has. Furthermore He wants to share in our lives as well.
God is doing ALL the work of freely giving at this point in the relationship, you are simply receiving. Remember if each person aims to make the other person’s life more wonderful, then there’s a much better chance of the balance and types of attributes discussed above happening for both parties.
God has reached out making the first move.
Will you or have you already received His Gift?
If so what will you , or are you doing for Him to be sure you are fulfilling your part to cultivate a healthy intimate relationship?