God is a social God… He loves to interact and he created us in his image so that he could interact with us.
God said that it is “not good that man should be alone.” God was planning a time of fellowship way back then, he was planning for fellowship when he made you.
To bring glory to God is man’s “purpose,” but to “become known” and to “have a relationship with God” is also a part of the purpose of man.
If you are going to serve God as a young person you need to develop a relationship with God. He has a very individual focus for your life, a relationship that he wants to have with you.
It’s a bit difficult to wrap our heads around how God can have a unique and personal relationship with millions of unique people, but as we learn more about God and who he is we can begin to get a bit of a “comprehension” of how that can be.
Love needs to be expressed. God made man and because he, God, is love, he created man. Think of Jesus, he wasn’t here to promote a certain kind of conduct, he was here to show his love!
Genesis 3:1-24 – Adam hid from God when he new that he was not clothed. The relationship between God and Adam was broken. What had been there between Adam and God was gone.
In God’s eyes… man was disconnected from him. Man had died.
We look at death as changing from this life to the next life. In reality they are more alive than they are here. A lot of times we just don’t grasp what death is.
Genesis 5:22-23 – For three hundred years Enoch walked with God, developing a special relationship with God. Enoch walked with God by faith. He believed God was there… and God was there.
Hebrews 11:1-40 – It is only by faith that we can have this relationship with God.
Jonah 1:3, 4:1-11 – When God looked upon Nineveh he saw that the people were repenting. God repented of what he was planning to do with Nineveh. Jonah knew that God was a merciful God, but when the people began to repent Jonah wasn’t too happy. God asks Jonah if it is a good idea for him to be angry… Jonah didn’t even reply.
Exodus 33:11, Deuteronomy 4:10 – Moses spoke face to face with God, as a man would speak to his friend. God and Moses talked. We can have a relationship like this with God as well.
Exodus 32:7-20 – Moses reasons with God here. Moses is interceding for the people. It seems here that Moses was having a direct affect on God’s decision.
Mathew 11:29 – Meekness is necessary for us to have a relationship with God. As soon as our hearts get caught up in pride we lose this relationship.
Genesis 18:22-33 – Abraham also reasoned with God. He asked God to spare Sodom and Gomorrah if there was any righteous person found there.
God wants this kind of relationship with each of us. God is close to us. Maybe we know things about God but we also need to accept this relationship that he offers us. It isn’t difficult, God made it very simple, but we have to take that step.
The more that we relate to the owner of our lives the more effective our lives can be.
Psalm 23:1-6 – David wasn’t a perfect man… but he had a relationship with God and because of that he was able to write this Psalm in all sincerity.
As a steward of God we need to develop a relationship with the owner.
Sparrows are probably some of the most common birds around. God says that he notices when even one of these sparrows falls to the ground. God is telling us that we are special and he has time for us.