I am nothing without God, but why am I in this relationship, and what do I bring to it?

Mark 12:30Aside from the ten commandments, there are two commandments that are the most important.  Loving God, or our relationship with Jesus should be the most important relationship we have. Second to that is loving each other.  Mark 12:29-30  says, “The most important one,”answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  If we do not have love for the Lord, or nurture that relationship; we really have no foundation for real love in any other relationships.

God put our relationship with Him into our care or stewardship. James 4:8a  says, Come near to God and he will come near to you.  And Jeremiah 29:12-14  says,Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.  I love these words… come near and He will come near; call on Him and He will listen; seek Him and He will be found. It also says to seek Him ‘with all your heart. 

We all have needs, but what is more important to us? Loving God, or having God meet our own wants and needs? God knows all of our wants and needs, and He also understands our intentions even when we do not. This is why it is important to read and meditate on the Word of God. Hebrews 4:12-13  says, For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

His Word helps us understand what is right and what is not right in our hearts. And when we recognize an issue, we must take it to God. He already knows, but He wants us to come to Him. Becoming who God wants us to be cannot be done on our own.

Our job in this relationship is to pursue God. We must spend time with Him to get to know Him better and as we know Him more, our love for Him will deepen. As our vertical relationship with God grows and we change, we treat people differently and love them truer and purer (more and more like God); so our horizontal relationships with people will be affected by that love.

If we really meditate on all of this, we will realize that being a steward of our relationship with God is the most important responsibility that we have. If we are not good with God, we are not good with anyone or anything. Instead of being full of purity and love, our hearts are murky and full of selfishness. Our intents are distorted, and instead of spreading love and all the fruits that come with love, we end up spreading only hate and everything opposite of the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

The absence of love equals hate. The absence of love equals the absence of Jesus. So though love lives in our hearts when we accept Jesus as our Savior, we have a responsibility to seek Him and build that relationship. His pure love can flourish in us and be even more wonderful when we build our relationship with God. If we pursue a daily relationship with God, we open ourselves up to revelations and changes that only He can make. He will work through every part of our hearts that is still absent of Him and perfect us to be like Him.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

We must turn over all areas of our lives to be transformed by God so that everything we do points to love; So that everything we do points to God.

Lord, You are truly amazing in all Your ways. You have been changing my heart from the moment I said yes to believing and accepting You as MY Savior. Lord, Your Word says that You move mountains (Job 9:5). And I believe that You can move my heart to change! Guide my heart to know, understand, and believe all Your words and promises that my heart will be weighed, measured, and revealed in order to be the change that is You living in me! You are the most important relationship that I have and that I will ever have. And my relationship with You affects who I am, how I handle situations, and how I treat other people. Please help me to always keep You number one so that what flows from my heart is only that of Love; only that of You. I want my desires and intentions to stem from Your love dwelling in me. I am Yours, Jesus. My heart is Yours. Please help me seek You each day in prayer and in Your Word that I may always find You and never lose my way. I am nothing without You. I love You, my Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

This post is part of a series of post called Clean Out My Life. Click here If you would like to read the intro and other posts in this series.

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