How to be more intimate with the “distant” God
So here’s news for you: Christianity isn’t a religion; it’s a relationship.
For the longest time, people have entertained a fixed image of the most intimate God, our Creator, as a distant, unfeeling god. And so to be able to approach the Holy One, you must be “holy” and “worthy” too.
From that idea arose the need to follow a set of rules and certain rituals and the “See no evil, do no evil” mind-set to be “worthy” to approach God, to make it possible to have a relationship with Him. What were supposed to be aftereffects of having a relationship with God sadly became prerequisites to be “worthy” of entering a relationship with the Divine Creator. This is a sad reality most people often get sucked into believing because of existing false teachings.
The intent to forge a relationship with God is lost in the overtly conscious effort to comply with a plain, hollow godless religion for the personal agenda of avoiding eternal damnation. That’s why there are people who claim that God disappointed them, when, in reality, they were disappointed by religion.
The first thing you must always keep in mind: you are not and will never be worthy to have a relationship with God. With clear understanding of this truth, the apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:9–9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
No amount of good work can earn you an eternal place in God’s heart. For the truth is He already holds you there even long before you were born. Long before you came to be in this world, you were already in God’s heart. Why? Because God is a gracious god who gives you the love that you don’t deserve. Fact is He was the One who was most excited to give you your first breath. He was the One who was most excited to hear you first speak and to see you walk for the first time.
What’s your idea of a relationship? Parties are open and intimate with each other? And unconditional love must be present, right? Unconditional love, which will accept you for who you are. Unconditional love, which will love you despite all your mistakes. Unconditional love, which willingly sacrifices even life for you without asking anything in return.
This is the exact type of relationship God wants with you, and this should also be the type of relationship you desire to have with Him. God wants you to share with Him all your good times and bad. He wants to listen to how your day went, to what you have to say about the way things are in the world. He wants to carry your burden so that you may have peace.
Although in most cases you may entertain the idea of forging a relationship with God in times of hardships, when all walls seem to be closing in, and when there’s no other place to look but up. While these intentions may not be too honorable, God will make use of those intentions to completely overturn you. He will see how wretched and broken you are by your pain, by your past, by your doubts, but He will look beyond that. He will only see a child in need of loving. He will love you unconditionally, and in the most natural of ways, you will inevitably fall in love with Him. The way He loves, you won’t be able to help it but fall even deeper in love with God.
If anything, God is a doting Father who desires to spoil you. He continues to wait for you to become His child in every sense of the word. He wants to bless you with all the good things you have yet to ask of Him.
So where does this leave you? Well, with your sins that make you unworthy, that will lead you to the cross at Golgotha, to where Jesus the Christ paid the price of your life so you could be His.
When Jesus told his disciples that he would have to leave them one day, the disciples immediately became wary. Jesus was referring to going back to His heavenly throne through his imminent death at the cross. Jesus calmed them down and said that he had to go before them so he could prepare a place for them where he was going, for they would have to follow him. The disciples grew warier for, at that time, they did not know where their beloved rabbi was going, so they, of course, did not know the way. And so, Jesus gave them directions and said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” You can come to God through God himself. You can have a relationship with God only through Jesus, who is the way. He took the first step and reached out for you through the cross. You need only to call His name, Jesus.
The cross can be likened to a letter from a father who awaits the return of his child. He misses you. He wants to be with you. He wants to be in a relationship with you. If you are tired of a distant, unfeeling god the world forces you to believe in, then the intimate, loving God the Father waits for you.
What’s left for you to do? You only need to answer His call.
Do you want a relationship with God?