Flipping through a magazine these days makes me think of how our lives were like a magazine. There are so many “columns” or “rubric” in our lives, where the pieces united into a whole as well as the binding of a magazine. A question comes to my mind, where were the “column” of my relationship with God? Is located on the main page, the editorial headline, fills in each page, just being in a small column, or maybe even located in the last page?
I am contemplating, there are many of us as believers, just put God only on the back page. We only pray when we have free time or having troubles. We prioritize to our work, hectic schedules, deadlines are piling up, prioritize another activities, and then use our remaining time to the Lord. Even worse, Spiritual life for some people is only valid on Sundays only, for approximately two hours. Afterwards, they went back into their world, where God is no longer on their list.
Meanwhile, when praying we are always wants God to always be present with His cares any time in our lives. How many times we said: “God, please always be with me in every step that I take” or “Dear God, please be with me in my works” See? We always asked God’s time for us. Let us think this; what would be happen if God cares for us just two hours a week? Will not that be terrible? There is no one people who would like it. How unfair we are if not want to be treated by God like that but we could to do so to the God.
How close our relationship with God? Just on Sunday for 2 hours only? Or only in the morning when we wake up and start our activities, or at night when we are going to sleep? If life is like a magazine, it is important for us to pay attention to where and how to position our relationship with God in it. Has God fills every single page of our life, or His position is still very limited even be in the back page?
God is always waiting for us to want to build a close relationship with Him. Psalm said: “The friendshipof the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.” (Psalm 25:14). God longs for really near to us; it is now our turn to answer the longing of God. “But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.” (Psalm 73:28)
Have closeness with God is not only meant to have a close relationship through a prayer. More than that, we should have pleasing and holy life to the Lord. It is good if we are regularly in Sunday worship, would be preferable if we had taken our time to pray, especially discipline in the daily devotional, but let us continue to improve the quality of our relationship with God, so that we can come to a stage that is no longer limited by time.
“As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.” (1 Thessalonians 4:1)
“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”(1 Peter 1:15-16)
“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.”(Psalm 62:5)