Fresh Hope – 3rd December 2019

We don’t date God. He isn’t an event, an occasion, the walk-in centre at the hospital when we find ourselves in desperate trouble. In His grace, He will make Himself available to us at an event, an occasion or when we find ourselves in desperate trouble, but this isn’t God’s full intent for our lives. 

I’m sure we all know of people who claim to never believe in God, but when they find themselves in a time of great desperation, it’s Him they turn to, praying, and asking Him to intervene. Then once on their feet again, they forget about Him, cracking on with their own, self-sufficient lives. 

From the beginning of creation, God’s intent for us has been that we would ‘be one with Him’. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve shared in perfect relationship with God. Sin then broke this union, putting up barrier between God and man. Jesus then restored that union. Today we live in perfect union with Christ. Romans 6:5 says, ‘we are permanently grafted into Him’. 

Grafting is a horticultural technique whereby tissues of plants are joined so as to continue their growth together. A bud is taken from one plant and grown onto the ‘root plant’ of another. The result is two plants that appear as one plant. 

When you are unified with something, it is impossible to make that something an occasion, or an event. Union means you are tied to that thing. To be in ‘union’, means ‘to be joined together’. It doesn’t leave you, you don’t leave it. He doesn’t leave you, you don’t leave Him. You are grafted. 

We don’t go to church to meet God, we met Him at salvation and He never left us. Our lives should be an ongoing conversation with Him, an ongoing acknowledgement that He is always with us! 

In Galatians 5:16, we are encouraged to ‘walk in the Spirit’. This means to walk – go about the mundane day-to-day activities of our lives, acknowledging the voice and presence of God. 

As long as we treat God as a date – someone we pick up and drop off, making no commitment, is as long as we will not fully experience the intimacy and fullness of relationship that is available to us! 

God is not a feel-good fix on the side of our lives. He truly is the centre, the source, the ‘root plant’ of our lives.

Emma Burchell

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