Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Listen to God

When Kim and I were on staff with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ), we talked with the college students about a personal relationship with God. It is intimate and dynamic.

But in reality, we were not sure how to experience such a relationship with the Living God on a daily basis. We studied the Word. We prayed. We tried to live according to the Kingdom principles.

They are good and profitable practices and the starting point of our walk with Jesus.

Then the question rose. How did Jesus experience His fellowship with the Father?

He knew Scriptures. He prayed frequently. He practiced and taught the Kingdom principles.

And more...His relationship with the Father was one of utter trust and unconditional love. He said,
"Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise." (John 5:19)

Jesus repeated the same idea that He was in close and constant contact with the Father in John 5:30; 8:28 and 14:10.

That is what we want. Don't you? To have an intimate and dynamic fellowship with the Father in such a way that you are regularly having a conversation with the Lord as with a friend or a family member. You can ask him not only about the major decisions of your life but also about dozens of choices you make every day. Granted, you may not need to ask the Lord what to wear in the morning. But then, why not? At least, once in a while?

Now, if we want the kind of fellowship Jesus enjoyed with the Father, we will need to listen to God more regularly. We are discovering that God speaks directly to our hearts far more often than we have come to expect.

This is where our new journey began several years ago, the pursuit of intimate and dynamic fellowship with God as exemplified by the Lord Jesus Himself. Join us as we learn and discover how deep and rich our walk with Christ can go.