1 As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
This week we kicked off a new series called “Spiritual Habits” with the first sermon of the series titled:
“Having a deep relationship with God”.
We challenged ourselves and assessed each of our own relationship with God and where we currently stand. To illustrate different points, we looked at an example of using stale crackers and a fresh bag of chips. When God looks at our relationship, does He see us as a stale cracker that is stale and static, or as an active and fresh runner, sprinting towards Him like a fresh bag of chips?
Unlike how David longed and thirsted for a relationship with God in Psalm 42:1-2, we quickly all realized how all of us falls short of the desire and passion for a closeness with God.
We did another activity where we thought of a list of people who we were closest with and least closest. For each name, we wrote down the number of days and hours we spend time with them on an average daily/weekly basis, including the time we think about them! Afterwards, we discussed the correlation that laid right before our eyes as we looked at our list. The correlation was that, depending on how much time we spend with people would dictate the degree of closeness and deepness of our relationship with them.
Our relationship with God definitely falls short than the deepness and closeness God desires it to be.
How then can we strive towards a closeness with God?
We become like sprinters, who continuously runs in their life, towards God. Every day we should strive to grow to become closer and closer by adopting spiritual habits such as meditation (reading the Bible and praying), serving, displaying gratitude, kindness, love, etc.
Today’s introductory sermon introduced the students to the realization that their relationship with God still has a lot of growing to do. We should not settle to be just a fan of God, but strive towards becoming His best friend who is awaiting our acceptance.
Next week, we look at where God stands in our relationship with Him.
Does He ever grow stale? Does He ever abandon and turn His back on us?
To be continued.. !
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