Relationship with the Source
It may be easy to connect to the Source, but to stay connected is another level. Not only is it hard to remain consistent, but let us be real with ourselves, it is not at all times that we ‘feel’ like being connected. Sometimes it is not until we are no longer connected that we realise that the connection is gone. However, we do not have to wait until we become disconnected before we do what needs to be done to re-connect. It is not until the battery is dead that we realise we need to re-connect to the power source. We may all be at different points in our spiritual journey, but the same principles to stay connected apply.
Unfortunately, staying connected requires more than a trip to church on Sunday. In fact, it may even require more than going to every single service day (week day services as we have in Celestial Church of Christ). Staying connected is all about relationship and relationship requires consistency. Do you have a relationship with the Source, that being a personal relationship with God? If your answer is no, then that is the first thing that you need to do; build a relationship with the Source. James 4:8 tells us ‘draw near to God and He will draw near to you‘. Do things which will draw you closer to God.
Let us now look in detail at different ways that we can build a relationship with the Source.
How do I draw near to God? Good question! Now, there is no one and only way to draw near to God, as we will all have a unique relationship with God. However, what God has taught me recently about relationship has been through my relationship with those around me. When you are in a relationship with someone, whether that be a friend or a family member, generally the more you communicate, the more you get to know the person and the closer you become.
Many of us say that we want to have a relationship with God or draw closer to Him, but we do not communicate with Him. The reason I say this is because I myself fall into this category at times. I wonder why I do not ‘feel’ close to God, but then I can’t remember the last time I opened my bible or the last time I was in consistent prayer, apart from the few minutes of silent prayer the previous Sunday. But God has taught me that to stay connected to Him, the Source, I need to be in constant communication with Him and spend time with Him daily.
Now ask yourself, is it only on Sunday that I communicate with God, or do I communicate with Him daily? Is my relationship with God limited to when I am in the church or does it go beyond the four corners of the building? As we do not forget to communicate with our closest friend on a constant basis, we should not forget to communicate with God daily.
Remember communication goes both ways; talking as well as listening. Unlike your friend who may busy tone you once in a while, God is always available for you to call on Him at any time.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
Another important part of staying connected to the Source is forgiveness. Forgiving others and ourselves and accepting the forgiveness of God. If we offend our friend, sometimes that guilt causes us to distant ourselves from them, which is sometimes what we do with God. Due to our sin, instead of us repenting and receiving the forgiveness of Christ, we draw back. We stop praying, we go to church less, all because we feel we are not worthy (which you never was in the first place, btw), forgetting that it is by Grace we are saved. Stop allowing guilt and fear to disconnect you from the Source. Forgive those who have offended you and come boldly before the throne of grace, repenting and seeking God’s forgiveness.
Now let us get into the nitty gritty of it. Why is so difficult to stay connected? I usually ask myself this each time when I start to feel distant from God or start to feel like it is difficult for me to do the things which I used to do so easily, such as reading and meditating on the Word. Where is your focus? Because where your focus is, is where you are likely to sow most of your time. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:21). Let us refocus on the things of the spirit and what God has called us to do so that we can start to lay up treasures in Heaven.
Now let us be real with ourselves. In this world that we live, we are constantly drained through battles, our circumstances, disappointments and even sin. All these things take our focus away from the Source. That is why we must constantly remain connected to our Power Source to keep going on this journey of life, rather than allowing the distractions of the world to draw us away.
There have been times where I have wanted to give up, but it is that connection to the Source that kept me going, the Holy Spirit that reminded me, ‘It is not about you‘. It may be that you are going through a season where you do not feel as energetic as before, you are not praying as before or the things of God do not excite you as before. It’s okay, you can be honest, and most of us have been there. Although, no matter what the case may be, the same principle still applies, submit to God (accept His will and authority), resist the devil (withstand and be unaffected by his actions) and he will flee.
Final word of encouragement…
You can probably remember a time when you were more connected and more on fire for God. But you must remember that life is a marathon and not a sprint. There may be times when you may not feel as on ‘fire’ for Christ, but it does not necessarily mean you have fully lost connection. Get back up, head held up high and keep going, with determination to maintain that connection through the help of the Holy Spirit.