THIS SERIES: HOW TO LIVE IN REST
Jesus wants to move us from a servant-master relationship to a friendship [John 15:14,15]. Servants are task-oriented, friends are relationship motivated. Servants listen unquestioningly for commands, and focus on performance. A good servant is one who completed every task successfully. A servant, however, is not usually accepted as part of the family, and does not have a voice into the affairs of a household.
Friends, on the other hand, get to partner in the process, to work with, rather than for, another. Good friends value relationship over activity, intimacy over performance. Good friends love to just be with each other. Good relationships take time.
Amazingly, God offers us friendship: the opportunity to spend time in His presence, to show us what He is doing, and invite us into partnership with Him. He wants us to know Him, to hear His ‘heartbeat’, and for us to share ourselves with Him.
But often we settle for servanthood instead. And our Christian walk becomes a list of things we should do to please the Lord. We can talk at Him, but never really be with Him. We can rush into His presence with our shopping list of requests, we can make our declarations, and quote scriptures to Him, and there’s nothing wrong with any of that, except we can do all of those things and never actually be present to Him. We can turn up for every possible meeting or event, serve on a host of ministry teams or even be in church leadership, and never learn to live in His love.
Let’s carve out time to spend time in His presence; to be really quiet & just be with Him, to listen and catch His heartbeat. And let’s ditch some of the stuff which keeps us from hanging out with Him. It takes time to be intimate.
For more on the empowerment of the Holy Spirit: OVERFLOWING WITH LIFE
For more on living in the presence of God: ENCOUNTERING GOD
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