This last Sunday Tom & Amanda Gould shared something with the people of Elevation Christian Church that the NFL & Players Union wish that they could do. They made their relationship new again. It was almost a year ago Tom said that he was done with their marriage. He had moved out and was living in an apartment and was preparing for divorce. But something happened. Something enabled Tom & Amanda to start all over again. It was the relationship that they both began with Jesus Christ. You see Tom & Amanda had been to church and they had heard all the religious conversation, but they had never made their relationship with Jesus a priority. Let alone that relationship with Jesus the center of their relationship. Amanda shared that for a woman that their are two humbling things that occur in a womans life, child birth and a troubled marriage. She went on to share that they she knew that other things had crept into their life that did not make the marriage the priority.
You see I think that as I watch the NFL and the Players fight away. They to have lost the focus on what is important. It is one word “relationship”. They have unfortunately let other things take the focus away just like Tom & Amanda. The only difference is that Tom & Amanda had the humility to see that they needed number one a relationship with Jesus and a relationship with each other centered in Jesus. Wouldn’t it be amazing if those in the NFL would be able to do the same thing, humble themselves to see that a relationship is at stake here. God saw it that is why He sent His son here to earth. To reconcile the relationship between us and Him.
Maybe just maybe the NFL and the Players Union could learn something from Tom & Amanda as they point to Jesus the one who can and will help in our relationships.
I had the great opportunity to speak to the students at Colorado Christian University at their chapel. It was truly an amazing day listening to them sing and worship as well as being able to share with them about the biblical discipleship process that is in the bible. There were two things that God really continues to rock my world with when it comes to being a church that is about making disciples that make disciples.
That relationship is so important. I believe that as I read through the bible I see God constantly talking about our relationship with Him and our relationship with each other. In fact I love how in Romans 4:13 puts it “Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was not based on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith.” (emphasis mine) We are not put into a right relationship with God not because of what we do but because of what He has done and because of His grace it is all about the faith that I put in Him. My goal is not to be a guy that follows the rules but one that is growing more and more in a relationship with my Heavenly Father. Relationship matters with God and it enables my other relationships to be what they can be because of Him.
The other thing that is just kicking me in the teeth is that I have a responsibility to LISTEN. That I have been called to listen to my Father and what he wants in my life.
Proverbs 1:23 (NLT) “Come here and listen to me! I’ll pour out the spirit of wisdom upon you and make you wise.”
I don’t know about you but I have allowed so much noise in my life. I am the guy that loves to twitter, check my facebook, receive email, and read blogs. I have over the last couple of weeks really made the effort to make my time with God exactly that time for me to hear from Him. The phone is left some where else the T.V. is not on and I try as much as I can with three kids to be alone. I want to hear from Him.
I also want to be a person that listens to the people that God has placed in my life. I want to be able to hear from the people that don’t know Jesus and be able to hear where they are at with Him. I want to be the disciple that is listening to the people around me so that I can guide them closer to Jesus. The bible says:
Proverbs 12:15 (NLT) “Fools think they need no advice, but the wise listen to others.”
We can hear in the words that people say what they feel about Jesus. We can hear where they have been hurt. We can hear what their hopes and dreams are but, we have to be willing to listen. I encourage you this weekend to take some time to listen to God and to listen to those around you. I promise you it will not be a waste of time. You might just hear something special.
This last week I was able to spend some time in between packing and moving our house for Colorado to read a book called “Primal”. While I was reading this book there were several quotes, comments, and lines that made an impact on me especially as we step out on a new journey. One of them was this:
“The word enthusiasm comes from a combination of two Greek words: en and Theos. It means “in God”. And the more you get into God, the more passionate you become .”
One question that I have is this; “How enthusiastic are you about your relationship with God?” The way that you answer that question might really point you to where you are when it comes to being “In God”. I don’t know how many times that I have heard people that say they are following Jesus comment that they are really struggling with being in a relationship with God. What I want us to think about is are we really “in God” or or are we more into us? If we were more into God then we would be more enthusiastic about who He is in us. I pray that this week you are able to see that it is more about you being into God then who you are. For if we are in Him then we will become more like Him.
May we be enthusiastic about the God that sent us the great gift of Grace when we really did not deserve it. May we be enthusiastic about the God that loves us no matter what and no matter where we have been. May we be “in God” today because, we are “in God”.
Here is a song that my son brought to my attention by Toby Mac. I love the urgency behind what he is saying “Tonight is the Night”. It is my hope and prayer that we as God’s people see the urgency to sharing about what it means to have a relationship with Jesus Christ.