I have started going through a Bible study book called Experiencing God, by Henry & Richard Blackaby and Claude King. I'm going through it with my step daughter who is 11 yrs. old. I want to show her how there is a difference between religion and relationship when it comes to knowing Jesus. The book has as a mission the goal of helping you to grow spiritually and develop a lasting relationship with God, not to just plow through the book from cover to cover.
I have been a Christian for 43 years. I got saved at Bible camp as a child. I have built a relationship with God, but I have to admit in some ways I had a deeper relationship with Him when I was younger. As an adult, tho, I have a greater knowledge of the Bible, and a stronger passion for doing the will of God. I've never lost that desire to know Him more, and that desire to have a deeper relationship with Him is actually growing more and more inside of me, especially as the days of His return are getting closer and closer. I want to have such spiritual intimacy with my Heavenly Father that when He asks me to do something, I will hear Him and be ready to obey.
This is what I learned this week that really touched my heart. Sometimes we have to ask the right question to get the right answer. We often want to ask, "What is the will of God for my life?" That is the wrong question. The right question is, "What is the will of God?" What is God doing around me that I need to seek, and jump on HIS bandwagon and follow HIM? It seems like such a small difference, but think about it. I will plan my life and get to a crossroads and ask God which way I should go...on MY path! I will seek Him, but I'm the one driving the ship. Rather, I should be seeking God to see if I am on HIS path, or on HIS ship; what is HE doing in my community, in the world around me, that I should be adjusting to and getting involved in to accomplish a task that He has in mind?
God is always at work around me. I need to look around, not just in myself, or in my own little world. It really broadens things to see where I fit in HIS plan, not where He fits in mine. Do you see the difference?
Matthew 6:33: "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
John 14:6: “Jesus saith unto him, ”Then it is important to be moldable in His hand. I need to allow Him to do a work in me personally as His servant. Just as the potter molds the clay, so will He mold me into His masterpiece when I submit to Him like a soft piece of clay. Once the clay gets brittle, it cannot be shaped.