In life we are always moving in a direction with our choices and actions. If you have goals set for the year or next years, you are either moving towards accomplishing those goals or you are moving away from them. Not making intentional choices to move towards your goals is setting yourself back. Same thing with any relationship. You choose to make progress with your choices and actions, but choosing to stay put is sending you backwards. You can be on the right track, but if you are staying put you will get run over.
I believe one of the most important aspect of bettering your relationship with Christ is intentionality. This is so true for many areas in our life, we have to be intentional because things don’t just happen for you, and not being intentional guarantees that things will happen to you. It will always require work and effort on your part. Not being intentional is how people get stuck in a rut at their job, in their marriage and in their relationship with God. If you want to have a good relationship with God, you have to be focused and intentional with your time and what you do to spend time with Him.
Jesus is always going to hold up His end of the relationship, meaning, He will always be pursuing you. But relationships are a two-way street and requires time and effort. I am sure many of you have, or have had, that one friend who doesn’t seem to want to put forth the time and effort to have conversations with you, or doesn’t ask you to spend time together. That one friend who “hangs out” with you when it is convenient for them. Maybe you are that friend to people? Many times, we are that friend to Jesus. He works harder and pursues the relationship more than we do. If you have a friend like that, you know how draining it can be and how it hurts your heart and your feelings. I believe we can hurt Jesus’ heart by being that friend to Him.
There is a song by Derek Webb called, “Rich Young Ruler” I really enjoy, but it is also a very challenging song. Many of you know the parable of the Rich Young Ruler, and this particular song is based off that parable. In the chorus, he has a line that says, “more than your cash or coin, I want your time, I want your voice. I want the things you just can’t give me.” When Jesus died on the cross for us, it was His public declaration of His intention with us. The veil of the temple was torn and His presence was released, so that all of us could experience His presence and have access to a relationship with Him. His declaration was “I Want You!”
He wants you, He wants your time and wants to be apart of your life. A great way to better our relationship is to simply be intentional about what we do for Him and with Him. Make it a priority to include Him in your life, your daily schedule. He wants to be involved and included, we simply need to involve and include Him. Having a good relationship and growing closer to Him will require you to be intentional with what you do, how you do it and why you do it. If we choose to put it off for now, we are moving ourselves farther away from Him. When this happens, we are left wondering where God is. If you feel distant from God, guess who moved?