If you’ve been in church for any period of time, I’m sure you’ve heard someone mention a personal relationship with God. Have you ever asked yourself, “What does that even mean?”
Maybe you are a Christian girl, but struggle to understand how having a personal relationship with God applies to you. Or maybe you don’t know much about God and have no idea of what it really means to have a personal relationship with Him or how that is even possible. Either way, this post is for you! At different points in time, I’ve been both of those girls. My prayer is that by the end of this post you will have a clearer understanding of what a personal relationship with God is and why it’s important for you.
A specific purpose.
In order to fully understand this subject, we have to go back to where it all started – the Beginning. On Day 6 of Creation, God created man. He made man in His very own image and breathed into him the breath of life. (Gen. 1:26,27)
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Genesis 2:7
God chose to give man life for a very specific purpose: the purpose of having a personal relationship with Him. God desired fellowship; and He chose to create man and woman, Adam and Eve, to fulfill that desire.
A broken relationship.
The problem is that back in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve strayed from their purpose. They committed sin by directly disobeying God’s only command to them, and their relationship with Him became eternally severed. Sin not only broke the relationship between God and man, it also brought death. A death which equals separation.
For the wages of sin is death… Romans 6:23
Adam and Eve became separated from a Holy God because of their sin. But they are not the only ones.
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Romans 5:12
You and I are also separated from God because of our sin. We’ve all sinned. We’ve all been separated by an eternal separation. It lasts far beyond this lifetime. It lasts an eternity in Hell.
The separation, our sin, broke God’s heart. But do you know what the most amazing thing is?
In spite of our sin and disobedience, He still desired to have a relationship with us.
But in order for that to happen, our sin had to be paid for. So Jesus Christ died – to pay our sin debt.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
The starting point.
A relationship with God starts with Jesus Christ. Period. There is no other way. (John 14:6) It is only through Him that a relationship with God is even possible.
Because of Christ’s sacrifice, the relationship that was once severed by sin can now be restored.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
God promises that whosoever believes on Jesus Christ can have everlasting life. And everlasting life is a personal relationship with Him.
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:3
The only way we can be saved from eternal separation – an eternity in Hell – is through a personal relationship with God.
In His presence.
Once the personal relationship with God has begun, the next step is cultivating and growing in that relationship. In order to build a relationship with anyone, you have to invest in the relationship. You have to get to know the person by communicating with them. You have to strengthen the relationship by spending time together.
A relationship with God works the same exact way. If you want to grow in a personal relationship with Him, you have to spend time with Him. You have to invest in your relationship with Him.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. James 4:8a
The secret to a strong, vibrant relationship with God is drawing nigh. When you make the choice to draw nigh to Him, He draws nigh to you.
Two simple ways to draw nigh:
1. Spend time in His Word
God left us His Word, the Bible, so that through it we could come to know Him. (See this post.) If you truly want to know God, then you must spend time reading and meditating on His Word. His Word reveals to us Who He is as God. It is the way He speaks to us.
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. John 5:39
2. Spend time in prayer
God speaks to us through His Word, and we speak back to Him through prayer. Our communication with God isn’t just one way. Look at His promise:
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. Jeremiah 33:3
Just like Adam and Eve, you and I were created with the express purpose of having a personal relationship with God.
God is inviting YOU to a personal relationship with Him. How about it? Will you make that decision today to begin your personal relationship with God?
And to the girl who already has met Him – why don’t you take some time today (and every day after!) to invest in the relationship that you were expressly created for.