Imagine God in heaven, contemplating the creation of a new world filled with beauty and wonder, a world teaming with life: plants and animals and people…us…creatures made intricately and amazingly. The Bible says in Genesis that we are made in God’s image. In so many ways, we reflect him. Do we look like God? Think like God? Act like God? Yes, in many ways we do!
Many wonder why God made us. I believe we were made to have a relationship with him, to know him as our Father, our comforter, our teacher, our savior, and our friend. He didn’t create us because he was bored or lonely, but simply because he wanted us. He longs to know us, to enjoy our company, to be our friend, and likewise, he wants us to know him as well. Very simply, he created us for himself, for his great pleasure and enjoyment. Kinda cool, huh?Perhaps one of humanity’s deepest desires is to be known by someone, and I believe God, in who’s image we’re made, shares that longing. He wants to know all about us, and to “talk” with us through prayer about it all. He even has plans for us that he will discuss with us, if we just give him the chance. He is the someone whom we are hoping for, the someone who truly knows us–our dreams, our personality, our abilities, our passions.
In some ways this all seems so simple. What complicates it so much? I think it’s us. Really. First, we come up with a myriad of rules and rituals to follow that can cloud the truth. Add in media, social networks, striving for the “good life,” and the crazy busy-ness of always going, always doing, always stressing. Top this off with our childhood garbage–habits, attitudes, and addictions–and it’s like we’re wading through thick mud to find the simple truth: God made us for himself. He loves each of us and wants to know us intimately. He has great plans for you, a destiny for your life that he wants to tell you about and help you fulfill.
If this is the sort of relationship you are looking for, how do you find it? Some places to start:
- Go to God humbly and admit your faults and failures. Ask him to forgive you and tell him you want him to be your Dad.
- Find a quiet spot–a comfortable chair, a log in the woods, or a pew in a church–close your eyes and relax. Try to dump all your worries and your “to do” list and just start talking. “Hi God, it’s me. Thanks for wanting me; thanks for loving me.” Sit quietly for a while and focus on him and how great he is. Then ask him, “What do you want to say to me today?” And listen quietly some more. You may feel God’s presence. You may feel the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart. Take a few notes.
- Get a Bible and start reading it. Check out various versions in a book store and find one that’s readable, like the CEV (Contemporary English Version). Start reading; try the New Testament first–believe me, God will use his Word to speak to you and it will be life changing! Take a few notes.
- Find a church that feels as you do about knowing God and that believes the Bible is truth. Make some friends. Look for someone to mentor you and help you grow–your life will never be the same, I promise you.
- Email me if you have any questions that I might be able to answer for you. I’d love to help!