There are several steps involved in forming a relationship and having it be a meaningful one.
- Take the Initiative
- Introduce Yourself
- History…where they are from, family, etc.
- Likes and Dislikes
- Exchange Gifts
- Meet Often/Talk Often
Before a relationship begins, someone must take the initiative to approach the other person; either by phone, email, text, letter, video, or in person.
Sometimes God calls or draws people to Him. In this case a person can either accept or reject the invitation.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28 [KJV]
“But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” -1 Corinthians 1:24 [KJV]
“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” -1 Corinthians 1:27 [KJV]
“And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” -Acts 22:16 [KJV]
The next step is for introductions to be made and names to be exchanged. People introduce themselves in many ways; by name, by title, business position, or something else that signifies their identity.
There are many ways that people introduce themselves to God; by name, a person in need, a single parent, a sinner, a prideful person, a child, homeless, angry, and the list of possible introductions go on and on. God also has many names that He is identified by, some of them are God, Lord God, The Almighty God, and Jehovah.
There are at least 72 names that identify God in the Bible. How many of these names do you know? What are they? Next week I will provide the names and where they can be found in the Bible.
When we meet people, we are often interested in knowing where they are from and a little about their family. Another subject that comes up when forming a relationship is what is a person’s job, interests, likes, dislikes, and goals.
A lot of people feel the same about God, they want to know where He came from and who is in His family. After getting to know God more, some people are even interested in knowing how to become a part of His family. What is God’s job? What does He like? What does He dislike? How does He feel about us? The answers to these questions can be found throughout the manual for life (the Bible and Word of God), which has been provided to us by God. This helps us to know who God is, but also to know who we are.
At some point in a relationship people exchange gifts.
The same thing happens when a person is in a relationship with God. We give to God our tithes, offerings, and service. He gives us spiritual gifts, blessings, talents, and many other things including answers to our prayers. In my opinion, I think God gives us a lot more than we give to Him. How could we possibly match what He offers to us in having a relationship with Him?
In addition to our daily relationships being similar to relationships that we form with God, there is also how we treat others who we do not pursue for a relationship (the people you bump into in the shopping market, people who drive by you or in front of you in traffic, the homeless, the elderly…).
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” -Matthew 25:40 [KJV]
“Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.” -Matthew 25:45 [KJV]
If we can form relationships so easily with people that we do not know at all here on earth…what stops us from forming a relationship with God. Is it the goodness that He stands for? Is it the unconditional love that He provides? Is it because He knows us so well?