During my formative years, people in my circles primarily focused on the don’t’s of Christian living. An active, living relationship with Christ was suggested but never fully understood. Basically, a relationship with Christ meant following all the rules.
In my personal life, I’ve been guided by the Holy Spirit into a much healthier understanding of a relationship with Christ. Alive. Growing. An internal, personal focus versus an external one.
But while I’m discovering Biblical balance from rules to grace there’s the flip side. Grace doesn’t mean we can live a sloppy life. Grace doesn’t mean we get away with whatever we want just because we say sorry and God forgives us.
The trend I’m seeing now is choosing relationship over respect and reverence. The pendulum has swung from legalism into flippancy.
In parenting, the idea of being your child’s friend has been debunked. And people instead understand, “When I grow up, I want to be your best friend. But right now, I’m your mom.” The Mom card trumps the BFF card.
Establishing a trust relationship with your child is vital in order to move into the counselor/BFF role with your adult child. The same is true for God.
The Bible clearly calls God a loving Father. He has established trust with us. We give Him our love, obedience and respect because He has earned it, not because it is demanded of us.
While God wants a personal relationship with us and He will meet us exactly where we are, it’s not because He’s our equal. It’s because He is Sovereign. His “Holy God card” trumps any “Homeboy card.” Don’t bring God down to your level. He is Holy, you are human.
Taking away God’s position of authority over us and equalizing Him to a coffee date is bordering on blasphemy. We are to be on our knees before Him, acknowledging His position as Almighty God. Not sippin’ java and shootin’ the breeze with our Homie JC.
Please, please don’t get me wrong. He IS my comforter. He IS my guide. He IS the Prince of Peace. He IS my Friend. But what’s being missed by some in the church today is a reverence and admiration for an awesome God.
Relationship? Absolutely. But a relationship founded on love, respect and an acknowledgment of His position as Master of the Universe, Creator and Divine. Not my equal, not my partner - but my God. My Savior. My King. The One who loves me and made Himself flesh to live, and die on planet Earth so that the human race can live eternally with Him.
I’m not “Daddy’s Girl” - I’m a Child of the Most High God. God is my Father - not my buddy. Jesus isn’t my Homeboy - He’s my Lord.