What is our personal relationship with Jesus really like?
I’m not referring to the public, ‘Praise God!’ or ‘Hallelujah!’ in public worship. And I’m not talking about the ‘Christian’ mask we sometimes put on for those around us.
I’m talking about the behind-the-scenes, all alone, just you and Him times.
Isaiah 29:13 (NLT)
“ And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.
Here are 4 red flags that will help us evaluate if we need to seek God again with passion and rededicate ourselves to Him.
1.) If what I’ve said so far doesn’t make any sense to you, that’s a red flag for a believer.
Pray and seek God in His word and in worship, rekindle that passion you had when you first met Jesus.
Ephesians 5:14-17 (NLT)
“…for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
2.) If you can’t remember the last time you heard from God that’s a red flag.
Go into His word, pray and speak with God – conversations aren’t one-way streets.
3.) If you’re not comfortable spending time alone with nothing to occupy your attention except God that’s a red flag.
Be diligent about making time to be alone with God, be in His word and worship Him. If we’re honest with ourselves, we make time for lot of other things that will never add to our spirits or to the Kingdom of God.
4.) If you only show up for church when you’re scheduled to volunteer that’s a major red flag.
This red flag is really bad because it indicates that you have gone from living like a child of God to living like a slave.
Deutoronomy 15:15 (NLT)
“Remember that you were once slaves in the land of Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you!”
We become slaves who neglect our seat at our Father’s table and end up trying to calm our souls with empty substitutions and we stop engaging our spirit with God’s power and Spirit. We satisfy our conscience by working for God but are starving our spirits by not engaging God in relationship.
I hope this helps us realign ourselves to God’s heart if we need to and stirs us up to pursue a real, intimate relationship with Him. I haven’t said these things to make us feel bad, on the contrary, I’ve said them to remind us of the position we have in Christ.
We are no longer slaves to sin.
We are God’s children and He is our Father.
He wants you to know Him.
Only in sincere, intimate relationship with God will we ever find true happiness and purpose.
God bless you!
– Pastor Joe Sorce