The mark of a true relationship is not found in the things two people do together. Nor is it found in the things they accumulate and share together. The mark of a true relationship is found in the quantity and quality of the time they spend together.
God’s desire is that we have a personal, growing relationship with Him. He wants us to move beyond a shallow and superficial relationship, to a relationship of depth and intimacy. This comes when we spend both quantity and quality time with Him.
Exodus chapter 24 give us a picture of the relationship God desires to have with us.
Relationships are not built and deepened by two people “touching base” occasionally. Deep relationships take on-going time. God calls Moses, not only to come to Him, but to stay with Him. (Ex. 24:12) Moses was with God six days, before God spoke to Him. Then Moses spent 40 days and 40 nights just being with God.
Like Moses, God calls us to approach Him. (Ex. 24:1-2) (James 4:8) Then, God wants us to have intimacy with Him by seeing Him as He really is. (Ex. 24:10-11) (Matt. 17:2) And finally, the more clearly we see Him, the more His glory will settle on us…and the more people will see Him through us. (Ex. 24:15-17) (John 3:30) (Phil. 2:15)
God already has rule, reign, and riches. The one thing God wants more than anything else is a relationship with us. And He’s chosen not to demand or force this, because true relationships must be born out of free will.
The desire of God’s heart is to be with you. Is the feeling mutual?
Bret Legg is the Teaching and Counseling Pastor at Warren Baptist Church in Augusta, GA.