2016 has just started and people have set things that they want to achieve before the year ends in a form of faith-goals, new years’s resolutions, 10-things-to-do or whatever you call it. Pictures and videos with a hashtag “#RelationshipGoals” have also become famous like couples travelling to different places, siblings coming up with a trending video, or a group of friends all wearing a Nike Airmax while riding a hoverboard with hashtag #SquadGoals.
Just like any other relationship, do we also have #RelationshipGoals when it comes to our relationship with God?
David’s goal for his relationship with God was written in
Psalm 27:4 One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire[c] in his temple.
Paul expressed it in Philippians 3:7-11 7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
How about you? Have you set goals for you to grow in your relationship with God? As for God, we know that while we were yet sinners Christ has already been pursuing us and has already proven his love for us through his death on the cross. God has done his part and He is with us. The question is, “Are we doing our part every single day to grow in our relationship with God”?
Here are some of the practical and simple things I’m doing to achieve my #RelationshipGoals as far as my relationship with God is concerned.
You don’t need to read 10 chapters a day. The goal is to know God and hear Him speak. As we often hear, “Transformation not Information”. You are not preparing to join a Bible Quiz, you’re just trying to get to know a person you want to grow your relationship with. As you grow in knowing Christ, ovedience and transformation will come as a result.
This year, I’ve decided to read 1 chapter of Proverbs a day and 1 Chapter of the New Testament everyday except Mondays and Fridays because I plan to read other books as I feel led and have an extended Bible-Reading time during those days.
I’m also using this paperback, New Testament, English Standard Version so I can highlight and write revelations as I study the Word.
I’ve heard of teachings before that I need to pray atleast an hour a day and wake up as early as 4:30 AM so I can have enough time because I also have to go to work. I tried many times and guess what? I failed many times. If you are starting in your walk with God, you need to form a habit by starting to pray for 5 minutes every single day then challenge yourself to extend to 10, 20 or 30 minutes.
Every morning, I come to God by praying in the Spirit and start by thanking Him for who He is, my relationship with Him and the great things that he’s done and ask him to bless me, give me wisdom, favor, protection and guidance from the Holy Spirit. Also, I’ve set prayer focus for each day, Monday for my pesonal prayers, Tuesday for Church and so on.
Mondays and Fridays are also set for an extended time of prayer so I can take more time to listen to him.
3. Quiet Time
Quiet time is not my Bible reading and prayer time although I start by doing those. Quiet time is taking time to be quiet and allo God to speak. If you are a student or working, let’s be honest, you can’t have a quiet time every single day. Again, I’ve set Mondays and Fridays for extended Bible reading, prayer time and quiet time or taking time to let God speak to me.
Hope these things can help you achieve your #RelationshipGoals.