Ever wondered what it would be like if you deepened your love for your spouse, your family, and friends? When those relationships have built so much into your life that you, simply stated, feel excited, overwhelmed and blessed. When those primary relationships fill your life with so much joy that you are overflowing with thankfulness. Many of us would ask ,”Where do I sign up?, “How do I get started?” “How much does it cost?”
You and I both know that building close, loving relationships take time and a personal desire. So it’s not as simple as just signing up or putting down some cash. But if you are desiring close, deep relationships, the answer does have a beginning and a cost.
It’s my prayer that this coming year we can grow deeper and closer in our earthly relationships. But as we do, we must begin by seeking a deeper and closer relationship with our God. J. Oswald Sanders, the leader of China Inland Mission wrote,
“There is a restlessness deep within each of us that compels us to search for the person, the place, the job, the “god” that will fill the void and give us peace. This restlessness drives us to find someone who will love us for who we are, understand our fears and anxieties, affirm our worth, and call our lives into account. To admit our need for and dependence upon God requires humility and vulnerability, which paves the way not only for knowing God, but also for becoming intimate with Him. “Mutual love and confidence are the keys to intimacy ,“ deepening intimacy with God is the outcome of deep desire.”
This year take time to take advantage of all the opportunities to seek a closer, deeper relationship with God. Get involved in Sunday worship, special classes, service projects, Bible studies, prayer meetings or retreats. Push the pause button and add a daily quiet time with the Lord.
All the possibilities started with God seeking you and now you can make the decision to seek a deep and close relationship with Him.
May this prayer of David’s give words to the desires of our heart :
Hear my cry, O God; Give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to Thee, when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For Thou hast been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy. Let me dwell in Thy tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Thy wings