Relational Spirituality

The ultimate good in life is to treat things according to their true value. - Jonathan Edwards

helping_hair_500Thankfully, perhaps the most brilliant facet of God’s love is patience. It is a light that shines through my darkest doubts and blackest, most cynical disbeliefs. He waits for me, his Spirit encourages me, shepherding circumstances that reveal God’s interest in a relationship with me. Once I open myself to his love I become an agent of the most powerful catalyst in the universe.

Most of my personal, intimate relationships are on a fairly equal footing. Engaging in a relationship with God, I soon discover that the proportions are distorted beyond my mental, physical, or spiritual grasp. God’s love defies reason. For example, he offers up a love in the first moment of our relationship that is as expansive as the Milky Way. And each day I can receive a galaxy of love from God.

Here is the thing about a relationship with God—it is more than I bargain for. It is unfathomable. It is unshakeable. In the presence of His complete and perfect love I am humbled by who I am. As I struggle with all that Christ’s life, death, and resurrection mean, I find a deeper affection and a stronger connection in obedience to Him. I move from hungering for more to giving it all away. God’s love is the means that empowers me to see who God is and who I am.

I learn that God’s love is actively engaging me--in every aspect of my life that I share with him. I discover that His love is generous, comforting, and always open to show me the way through any and all experiences. The more I invest of who I am and what I think and do and say in the relationship, the more I know His love. I begin to comprehend the depth of his love in giving his son for you and me. I discover that I experience and know his love for me far deeper and greater the more I share his love with others. As I discover the true value of a relationship with God, I learn to invest all that I am in Him.

Reflections to Consider

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Relational Reflection

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Favorites

  • The Many Facets of Spirituality +

              The finished diamond is one of the most beautiful and desirable gems.  Yet, in the Read More
  • Conversations Journal +

    Conversations provides thoughtful, in-depth article treatments of topics aligned around a particular theme. Conversations covers “five continuing themes, each representing Read More
  • Discipleship by Dallas Willard +

    Dallas Willard is one of the best thinkers and writers in the world today; it is a blessing to Christ's Read More
  • Assessing Spiritual Growth (interview with Dallas WIllard) +

    How Do We Assess Spiritual Growth? An interview in Leadership Journal, May 2010 How can churches know if they are Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Prayer by Alex Kirk, Chatham Community Church +

    What role does prayer play in our lives? What is prayer, anyway? Alex Kirk, pastor of Chatham Community Church, gives Read More
  • How to be Mary in a Martha world by Jim Abrahamson, Chatham Community Church +

    Jim Abrahamson spoke at Chatham Community Church on an essential of the Christian walk Who/what is our savior? What is Read More
  • Christ the King Sunday by Art Going (Holy Trinity Chatham) +

    A thoughtful discussion of how we function as colonizers for Christ the King.  Read More
  • MY STUPID MOUTH by Steve Tamayo of Chatham Community Church +

    Tremendous sermon on the liabilities of our tongue, both in what we say and don't say. Read More
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