I spent the morning listening to a preach by Judah Smith about Enjoying God.
There was so much in it that really spoke to me about where I am at the moment. It follows on from my posts about Coffee with God and Walking with God.
As I was listening, I tweeted some of the content because I couldn’t help but want to share it. I also emailed the link to some friends who I know will be blessed by listening to the message.
I am so fired up and inspired by what I am learning and experiencing at the moment from changing my whole approach to my relationship with God and my Christian walk. I am seeing how God is moving and working in my life and the lives of others in such a short space of time.
Keeping a journal really helps – not in a strict, I must write in it everyday kind of way but in a Wow! I need to write this down – I need to remember this, I need to be encouraged by this and I will need this to keep me going kind of way.
There were a few snippets of the preach that really struck me…
‘A lot of us treat our relationship with God like a formal living room, to be looked at and admired but we don’t live with him.’
I was immediately reminded of my grandparents house. They had a formal living room at the front of the house and it was never used apart from on very special occasions. It was beautiful and awe inspiring but we hardly went into it.
How true can this be of our relationship with God? We acknowledge that he is amazing, awesome, wonderful but we don’t take it any further – an arm’s length approach. A head knowledge approach – we know how to describe him and all that he is but do we know him?
Abide – continue, stay, dwell, remain. Don’t treat God like an antique piece of furniture but an Ikea couch!
I have a carving chair in my house, it was my Granddad’s. When I first got it I didn’t want anyone to sit on it. It was just to be looked at. Now, anyone can sit in it, after all that is what it is for!
I love the analogy used here – you are far more free to let people live on your Ikea couch than your antique furniture – you recognise it is it to be lived on and in. The same is true of our relationship with God – it is to be lived on and in.
You have permission to enjoy God. You have permission to let him love you.
How often do we reduce ‘relationship’ with God to :
Daily quiet time
Reading the bible
Nothing wrong with any of those things but God wants all of our life and that means the making dinner, sitting in the sunshine, going for a walk, having a coffee, relaxing on the sofa parts of our lives too. The writing blog posts, posting on social media and watching a film parts.
We need to stop ‘doing’ and start ‘being’
We need to stop trying to earn God’s love and favour.
We need to accept – we are loved, we are loved, we are loved.
We need to enjoy God.
How are you going to enjoy God today? How are you going to give yourself permission to accept his love?