A Child of God or a Distant Relative?

Deacon Janenne Irene Pung

Janenne Irene Pung

Most of us don’t enjoy family reunions when the collection of people gets beyond the tight-knit group. We all have those strange cousins and long-lost aunts who gush to the point of making us cringe.

We view God the same way.

We’re either confident because we spend time interacting with Him—making Him the tightest of tight—or we go about our lives knowing we’re related, but never trusting Him with our “stuff.”

God is unchanged regardless of what we think of Him.

While recently listening to Pastor Wayne Cochran talk about the awesomeness of our access to God Himself, I realized:

  • How often we settle for less by trying to handle things on our own,
  • How frequently we pick up the phone and cast our cares onto a person,
  • How many times we tweet or post frustrations, and
  • How often we get wrapped up in trying every other solution before going to God.

It’s proven in the popular statement: “All I can do is pray,” as though that’s the last resort and including God is the least likely way of solving the problem.

Like the people of the Old Testament, we want a listener we can see and hear with our natural eyes and ears. Yet, those very listeners are limited in their ability to help.

In Ephesians 3:12 (Amp), the Bible says: “In Whom, because of our faith, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear).”

Pastor Wayne’s message was talking about how we can be sure of God’s love for us. And, if we’re convinced of His love, we’ll be convinced of His heart to provide, heal, help and comfort. We will enter the throne room boldly and relax knowing God’s got this.

Here’s the pinch.

We aren’t convinced that God will do what He said He will do because He’s become like a distant aunt in our lives. We have strayed from spending time with Him daily, talking with Him as our best friend. By not spending time in the Bible, we’ve forgotten what God even said He will do.

The bottom line:

We can have the tightest of tight family relationships with God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, or we can ignore Him and pay the price of drifting through this life.

As Pastor Wayne says so well, all we have to do is pray, read the Bible, do the Bible and go to church. By doing so, God will change us from the inside out and we will be confident that our Best Friend will be who He says He is.

To hear Pastor Wayne’s complete message, view the full list of Harvest Barn Church podcasts.

-By Janenne Irene Pung, Deacon at Harvest Barn Church

To read more posts by Janenne, go to listenwordpower.wordpress.com.

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