“But now you have arrived at your destination: By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God. Your baptism in Christ was not just washing you up for a fresh start. It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe—Christ’s life, the fulfillment of God’s original promise.” Galatians 3:25-27
Relationships just don’t happen. It takes work, whether it is a relationship on the job, neighbors, or with those you love. When working as a church secretary, I spent the first few months on a job observing the pastor’s work habits, styles, likes and dislikes, and how to communicate most efficiently with him or her. As an assistant, it was my job to make the pastor’s job easier.
Personal relationships can be harder to develop. Like after being married for nearly 40 years before discovering my husband didn’t like my purse hanging on a doorknob.
One of my children had some difficulty with authority. One day a teacher walking in the hallway saw a piece of paper on the floor and said, “Pick up that paper.” Instead of submitting to the request and leaning over to pick it up, my child said, “I didn’t put it there.” At that moment an opportunity was lost to build a positive relationship with the teacher.
In our faith life, God wants a relationship with us. We build it through prayer, praise, and worship. In return, he will lean over and do anything for us.
Lord, thank you for building a relationship with us through the Holy Spirit. Amen.