But relationship is more than an incidence of birth, or rebirth. It requires work. A couple has a relationship after their marriage, but can’t base it only on the piece of paper. It requires time, focus and attention. We must nourish the relationship with communication.
Communication isn’t really that complicated. Our great grand daughter is spending the night with us. She will be two next month. She can put together three word sentences. And CAN SHE COMMUNICATE. She has no problem letting us know what she wants and how she feels. “Ask, and you will receive . . .” ( John 16:24 ). We complain before God, and sometimes we are apologetic or indifferent to Him, but we actually ask Him for very few things. Yet a child exhibits a magnificent boldness to ask! Our Lord said, “. . . unless you . . . become as little children . . .” ( Matthew 18:3 ). Ask and God will do. Give Jesus Christ the opportunity and the room to work.
If we can but learn to ask before the situation is desperate. If asking becomes a natural part of our relationship. You might ask why ask? He knows what we need. The problem is we don’t always know what we need: HIM. We learn our need for Him by asking and watching Him work.
A child needs his/her parents. We need our Father, active, involved and working in our lives. Ask and be blessed.
Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you . . . —John 12:35
If you say you are sanctified, show it. The experience must be so genuine that it shows in your life.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can move from an intellectual Christianity to a Christian life and that’s where the blessings are.
Our friendship with Him is confirmed the same way, by surrender of our lives to Him. For many reasons, we resist.. Control is a powerful feeling. In our world today, it seems we have lost control of much, our government, our day to day lives, our families. We are, therefore, reluctant to give up control of anything. We fail to see that surrender to Christ is joy, the greatest joy we can know. We will never know the joy of self-sacrifice until we surrender in every detail of our lives. Yet self-surrender is the most difficult thing for us to do.
Our surrender is aided by the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes into our lives, our greatest desire is to lay down our lives for Jesus. Yet the thought of self-sacrifice never even crosses our minds, because sacrifice is the Holy Spirit’s ultimate expression of love.
“I have called you friends. . . .” Our friendship with Jesus is based on the new life He created in us, which has no resemblance or attraction to our old life but only to the life of God. It is a life that is completely humble, pure, and devoted to God. It is a life of pure blessing.