By Jun P. Espina | Last updated on February 18th, 2020 at 01:29 pm
Why not involve God in our everyday life? Yes, billions of people today don’t acknowledge God, (I mean, the God of the apostle Paul and the Holy Scriptures!) in their daily routine until disease or a calamity hits them. We separate our borrowed lives from our Father God and Creator. That’s our genetic badge! Taught the Bible that “even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks.” (Rom. 1:21) We don’t call in God, the Father of Christ, in our lives. But, why?
Lost in this World!
Lost in this world, we hid away from God in the wilderness of sin just like Adam and Eve. The reason is God’s holiness. We cannot face Him on account of our transgressions and guilt. Having an intimate relationship with the living and holy God is a hair-raising experience, and we avoid it in full measure. We repulse a holy and sacred something; our unworthiness strangles our inner voice. Our sins convict us—our guilt shames our hearts! We don’t feel comfortable in God’s holy presence, for we’ve a stain in our conscience. Our absorption sprawls into the material realm and the excitement for wealth and the pleasures in them. We want a life without God—that His presence may die away!
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What our young people prefer to do, instead of chartering a working relationship with God? They want to study their school lessons with some music “plugged” into their ears. People are restless! They desire more time for more beer and more nonsense things such as garbage text messaging or pointless gaming—anything unproductive just to avoid a companionship with God in the conscience. We hate to be alone with God; a Bible-based sermon frosts us; we want events, pleasures, and even conflicts and chaos than the other side of life which loops around the comfort with our loving God and the Holy Spirit’s indwelling. We don’t connect to the Almighty Father the whole time!
Some even backpacked explosives in the name of God. So lost! May God have mercy on our immortal souls! Yes, we don’t link to Him in our routine. We keep Him out of our mortal lives.
Are We Not God Seekers?
Although we are God-seeking creatures, we embrace a false god rather than the true God, the God of Jacob; the God of the Holy Bible! Mark the following verse:
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I am thinking of a vivid illustration right now concerning the above verse, that speaks of our nature to exchange “the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.” Who is more authentic to portray this accusation of God that we are idolatrous? Well, think of a brilliant and learned person, call him a lawyer, a doctor, a priest or even a pope talking with or even kneeling in prayer to a piece of wood—to a work of art—and call it his god? We don’t thirst for the true God in our lives because of our dear fake gods.
What an insult to our intelligence! Or what an affront to our mental superiority if we pray to someone even though we know he or she is not God? Let’s expand the premise: what an insult to “Mother” Mary if we ask her to “pray for us”? Yes, because of two points. One, Mary is not God; and two, Mary doesn’t speak English! Think about your daily “rosary,” what an exercise in futility! (Mary may understand English since Paul taught that on earth “we know in part”—1 Cor. 13:9—but not so in heaven. But she does not have business answering prayers, since she is not God!) Most of our prayers disconnect with the biblical God. We are calling our Creator through a broken telephone line.
What Must We Do Then?
What must we do, then? Well, we can do nothing about it, unless God comes to help us out of darkness. Let’s consider three things:
- Tell God Who You Are
Did you know that Christ, when passing by Jericho, didn’t give blind Bartimaeus a little notice until the latter “began to cry out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!'” (Mark 11:47) Christ did just pass by. When you have read or heard about Christ, it was when Christ passed by your life. As you read this article, Jesus Christ is passing by your life,
“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” (Matt. 18:20)
Then Jesus asked Bartimaeus: “‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ And the blind man said to Him, ‘ Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.” (Mark 11:51-52)
What a huge, huge “payback” which Bartimaeus received for humbling himself before the Son of God. Now, tell Jesus Christ that you are sinful and that you want Him to forgive you. Tell Him you are a sinner as we are all; a sinner who needs forgiveness and pardon. Follow Bartimaeus. Invite God in your life.
- Tell God What You Want From Him
“I want to regain my sight,” prayed Bartimaeus. Tell our Lord Jesus what do you want from Him. In my experience, I asked Christ a long time ago to forgive me of my sins, to save my soul, to live in my heart and to guide me through life. And He did all these to me! I praise His Name. Let us follow Bartimaeus; let us beg God to spot our poor little lives.
- Tell God You Believe and Trust Your Soul to Christ
When the Philippian jailer felt the need of a Savior, he asked Paul and Silas: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
Yes, involve God in your life.
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ that He (the Son of God) died to give you ETERNAL LIFE. (John 3:16-17)
How to commit to God our daily routine? Well, you cannot approach God on your own, for He is too holy, while you are too imperfect and sinful. Hence, you need a savior, a go-between, a lawyer before the Throne. And Christ is our Savior; He is our Advocate, our Lawyer in heaven. He said: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6) How to involve God? Well, receive Christ into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior, if you want to experience God the Father, God the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit, to live in your body. (See: Rom. 8:9-11) For you are the temple of God if you have Christ’s Spirit in your soul. That’s how it works: draw near to God through believing and trusting in Christ, then God Himself will find you. “Come to Me [involve God]. . .and I will give you [God Himself getting bound with you] rest.” (Matt. 11:28)