*written by my Mommy, Betty A. Key
"In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit." Eph. 2:21-22
Relationship shows how significant we consider a connection with someone else. We didn’t establish our connection to God, but we can do something to nurture and grow it.
First things first, know the foundation. The foundation of our relationship with God is Jesus Christ. When we build from that starting point by confessing Him as our Lord and Savior and doing what He teaches, the relationship begins strong. Trying to build a relationship with God in any other way is dangerous and headed for failure. As stated in Luke 6: 48-49 “It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” We sing, Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness. All other ground is sinking sand.
Now we that we have a secure foundation for our relationship, what do we need to hold it together? Let’s look at building a house. We have wood, brick, concrete stones that need to be held together. So it is in our relationship with the Father. Love is what holds our connection to the Father just like the glue, screws, nails and mortar hold the house together. God poured out His love through the blood of His Son and we pour our life love back to Him by putting Him first. And like building materials, we must be secured to the foundation. Find the scripture that anchors you to the foundation of Jesus Christ and vigorously hammer it into your spirit. John 3:16 is a good one to start with.
Our relationship needs to be maintained. That happens in our faithfulness to God. It’s like the maintenance part of owning a home. Some think of maintenance as taking care of a crisis once it occurs. And to a certain extent that is true; you can’t let a leak continue. But true maintenance is checking joints and faucets on a regular basis, before the fact, so that at the first sign of disruption or disconnection, you handle it then. Tighten the screw, clean out the pipes, put an extra nail in. You do that maintain, to keep the house successfully faithful to its purpose. So with our relationship; we’re faithful to God by checking in with Him daily through prayer, praise, and meditating on His word. And when we see the small crack or break in the relationship, re-visit the foundation, line up our thoughts and our actions with His commands, glue ourselves to His Love “that we might be filled with all the fullness of God”, in a God-centered relationship that is lived out loud. To God be the Glory.