Tag : relationship
Tag : relationship
When Moses received the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, I thought they were commandments blanketing all of the Israelites as well as us. Hey Everyone—“You shall have no other gods before Me.” All of you—“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.” Listen up people—“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.” Commandments to all people for all time.
However, yesterday in Hebrew class, I saw the Ten Commandments in a different light while studying imperative verbs. Our professor, Dr. Stuart Chepey, showed us how all of these commandments were written, not in the plural, but in the singular. In other words, the LORD was talking to each of us individually. These ten laws spoken to Moses on Mount Sinai were personal.
From the very beginning, God created us to have a one-on-one relationship with Him. He and Adam and Eve were lodging together until sin came in and separated them. It’s not about your mom or your dad or your sister or your brother. He wants to know you intimately. The Hebrew word for “know” is yada. It also means to know someone like a husband knows a wife. It’s a covenant relationship similar to marriage that God chooses to have with us. Close. Just Him and you in a room. He wants to be your best friend, Abba Father, the One you share everything with.
How about another imperative in the Bible?
The Shema in Deuteronomy 6:4-5 is also written to you rather than the crowd. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” (NKJV).
Through this imperative written to you, singularly, The LORD of Hosts is zeroing in and asking you to love Him first and with everything you have inside of you. After all, he created love.
For many years as a Christian, I’ve talked about having a “personal relationship” with God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who bridged the gap that sin created. However, what I am realizing now is that the LORD has always desired a one-on-one, vertical relationship with His people, even after “the fall.” Today, will you spend some time with the God who loves you and who desires for you to know Him better? He is waiting to have a conversation—with you alone.
Our guest blogger today is Debra Moore. Debra is a loving Christian wife and mother of three wonderful adult children and one spoiled grand dog named DJ. She is a 25-year church volunteer in various ministries including the mental health ministry where she’s been an instructor and facilitator for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Mental Health training and family education is her passion and because of that, she has been interviewed about the subject on both television and radio.. Debra’s heart for the mentally ill comes from having had a mother with mental health difficulties. She serves her DFW Community in honor of her mother and those who suffer from mental health difficulties.
After praying many years for “perissos” blessings which are more than enough or more than anticipated, the Lord has brought us to this new perspective:
“Success is not about personal accomplishments or material possessions.”
We heard George Barna discuss success on the radio during the Covid-19 epidemic. Barna’s definition of success is as follows:
Working toward spiritual growth
Being absolutely committed to the Christian faith
Attending worship service
Allowing our faith to help us process international disasters
Being people of faith with the reality of having an intimate, growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Surprisingly, there was no mention of intellectual, financial, educational, professional development or physical appearance factors in the article. According to Mr. Barna, my husband and I are successful! However, up until now we have felt like failures. Financial or professional success has often been temporal or elusive. For many years before we met, and after losing both our first spouses, relational failure seemed our norm.
With the destruction of the nation’s economies due to Covid-19, success cannot be defined as being financially wealthy anymore. God was clear when economies around the globe stopped producing instantaneously. Each of the markets that ran our pre-Covid economic successes crashed. The markets were left barely breathing, face down on the floor of global economic failure. Our barest existence as humanity came down to all the toilet paper, sanitizer, Lysol spray, face masks and gloves we could hoard.
Which leads us to the next definition of worldly success—our appearance. Did Covid-19 discriminate because of appearance? Both the gorgeous and the glum were affected. If our money and our good looks are not going to make us successfully impervious to disaster and pandemic, maybe it is time to reassess our own definitions of life success. As we peered out over our protective face masks and felt our warm breath fog up our lenses, we reached out our blue-gloved hands for our Bibles.
Let’s say that each morning we read verses or have a prayer time? What would happen if we got time in with God before the electronic hum of negativity took over? What if we asked God to forgive us of our sins and the sins of our nations? We could thank and praise God for who He is and what He has done for us. We could pray prayers of thanks for shelters in place, clothing, food, peace and security which are all promises of God to us. We could pray for our church and pastors, for our nation and national leaders. We could pray for our characters and hearts to be changed.
We could lean into this new perspective of spiritual accomplishment and share any material possessions we may have with others. All the while openly smiling at ourselves and the sweet spiritual success of Christ living in us. Here’s to having an infectious and true relationship with the living God where there is eternal success. It’s truly more than enough.
We hope you will join us for our next POP Chat, July 29th on ZOOM at 6:30 p.m.. Dr. Lynnette Simm will be teaching about “How to Have Your Peace” and Renee Rollins will lead our worship for this beautiful one-hour of fellowship. Here’s the link to sign up: https://share.hsforms.com/15bHBupdrTBugXxD9Y8Q_MQ3jo4z