“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”Genesis 1.26
God created men and women in His image. When He created us he placed within us a desire to feel loved and to know that we have a place where we belong. This is how God made us, He had fellowship in mind during the creation of mankind. It is God’s desire to have fellowship with men and women, to have our service and worship and to bless those who are his. Due to our sinfulness, we cannot enjoy full fellowship with God and we resist God’s loving care. So, why do we resist God? Our stubbornness and pride is an obstacle to God. This pride blinds us to the fulness of God’s benefits. It causes us to believe that we can enjoy life to the full without God. We believe the lie that an intimate relationship with God will be more of a hindrance than a blessing. Instead of having a blessed direct relationship with God we have a distant relationship.
To have an intimate relationship with God we must recognise that a meaningful relationship with God is motivated by His love. Therefore we must devote ourselves to God to enjoy the fullness of God. So, what are the benefits of a relationship with God?
Stability – God is our anchor in the storms of life. He is there for us during hardship and times of great joy. In Hebrews 13.5 God has promised to never leave nor forsake those who place their trust in Him.
Saved – Those who place their trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ are forgiven of all their sins. In Ephesians 2.8 God has promised to save all those who believe the Gospel. The life of a Christian is one of faith, repentance and worship to God.
Sensitivity – As we grow in grace we increase our understanding of the needs of others. This causes us to be a better Christian and honour God by serving others. In 1 Peter 4.10 the Bible says, “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
Strength – It is said that what does not kill you makes you stronger. During our Christian walk, there will be times of great testing and trials. These times are sent to strengthen our faith and confidence in God. In 2 Timothy 4.17 the Bible says, “Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.”
The Russian Novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is credited to have once said that, “We always pay dearly for chasing after what is cheap.” This quote is worth bearing in mind when we are considering our relationships. If we chase after that which is worthless we will pay a high price. However, if we invest our time in a meaningful relationship with God and others then we shall reap the benefits of a good and righteous relationship.