This is burning inside of me to discuss with you. It’s been a few months now that I have thought about this.
Our journey with God is a loooonnng one, unless we die fairly soon after we receive salvation. In this long journey, just like anything in life, there are many ups and downs, many hard moments, confusing moments, moments we just want to give up, moments when everything we have always believed seem to no longer make sense, moments we are tempted to digress, moments when the path we have chosen hurts like crazy, moments we question ourselves and God, moments we make massive stupid mistakes and fall flat on our face and the list goes on and on……
What makes the difference between those who finish this race with their faith still intact and still in possession of the gift of Christ, which is our salvation?
The more I thought about this question and spoke to God about it over the last few months, the clearer the answer became. I started analysing human relationships which have stood the test of time and the test of life. This also includes human being’s relationships with their career’s and businesses. I noticed two consistent things in all of this.
Decision and Relationship.
We can choose to see God only as a distant King whom we have to obey out of fear of going to hell, or we can develop an actual authentic, real (all warts and all) and true relationship with Him. Couples who have been married for many years, as I have heard many times, always emphasise the fact that it has not been an easy road, they have wanted to give up many times, but the reason they are still together is because they chose to work through everything and to stick to their first decision, their marriage vows. Through all the things they went through together, they saw each other for who they really were, all the ugly, the nasty and also all the good. They’ve expressed their deepest thoughts to one another, deepest fears, concerns, anger etc. They have made mistakes and fallen on their face many times before one another. It’s all the above that has worked together to form a relationship deeper than any they can ever have with another human being. To break such a relationship is much harder than to break a relationship based on ‘Master’ and ‘servant’.
Let’s have a look at the vows said on a wedding day and relate them to our relationship with God :
I, (insert your name), take you God, to be my wedded husband. To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part. And hereto I pledge you my faithfulness.