I want to have a look at what I think are two vital ingredients that we need to grow in our relationship with God.
I know I could add others, but if we can apply these two principles, I feel God can do anything in and through our lives!
The first is openness. Sounds simple, but I find it’s not as easy as all that.
What is openness? I would define it as knowing that regardless of what I know or have experienced, there is still more for me to learn.
Staying open is realising there is more to be discovered, and understanding that my experiences don’t give me the complete picture.
It’s an act of surrender on my part. Surrendering what I know, and even what I have experienced to God and allowing Him to show me something more.
Paul is praying in Ephesians that we would experience the love of God that surpasses any other experiential knowledge! 1
Openness accepts the impossible as possible when God is involved, and gives God room to make it possible in my experience.
If you are anything like me, the challenge comes when I have to surrender my opinions and ways of thinking.
You see, there are things I believe that I have studied in the Bible, prayed about and discussed with others, and then I come to a place of belief in that area. I have carefully weighed up what I believe!
Guess what – I still don’t have the complete picture! If I stay in this place, I will miss out! God still has so much more that He wants to unfold into my life, but I have to surrender my understanding and trust Him. 2
You can search the internet and find a conclusive argument on just about any point of view! Do I use this to justify what I already think? Am I really open?
Even with diligent study and careful analysis, before God and compared to God we are still blind! There is no comparison, yet how often do we tell God how things should be?
It’s a challenge, but when I come before God with openness, I am giving Him permission to speak in to my life whatever He chooses, and I am not allowing my preconceived ideas to get in the way.
Come before God with openness. God knows we are fallible and our understanding is limited. He desires us to be open to Him and what He wants to do in our lives.
So take the pressure off yourself to be right! Instead, choose to be open to God. Surrender your views and beliefs to Him, and ask Him to speak to You any way He desires!
Who knows where things will lead!
Bless you guys!