Welcome to the Sunday Devotion. The days are still growing longer and the light of day is flooding in through our windows. I am drawn outside to spend more time with the rising sun and the flowers and trees. Yesterday I attended my first outdoor barbeque. Although I went into this blur of people not knowing anyone very well, I left having a few new relationships begin to bloom. It took investing in conversation, sharing life experiences and allowing an investment of time. All of this makes me realize that this is what I could be doing with my relationship with God- being involved in conversation, sharing life experiences and allowing an investment of time. My relationship with God can bloom as well as I get to know God. What can I do? What would you do?
In the scriptures we are encouraged to build our relationship with God through prayer and we have the example of Jesus who intentionally found time and space to spend time with God. We need to not just know about God, we need to know God. I could move through the blur of people at yesterday’s barbeque and find out a little about them. But by spending intentional time with some people, I got to know them. It takes the investment of time and interest.
In Ephesians 1:16-17 Paul writes, “ I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, And as we come to know God through his son Jesus, we can take our knowing into action.” Here we find the real reward of living life as a Christian – to know God better.
Just as springtime provides more light and that light draws us into the day, may the light we find in Jesus grow and draw us to seek more time to know God. Find God in the crowd and stop to build your relationship through Jesus and his teachings. Get to know God.
In Ephesians 4:1-32 (ESV), I offer Paul’s words, “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Author: Bonnie Barber
Various authors throughout the Chesapeake Bay Mission Center and beyond provide these thought-provoking weekly devotions.