Tuesday – Five Ways God Relates to You

by Dave Zulgar, desiring God

It happens everywhere on college campuses. Two friends sitting and talking about their feelings late into the night. Eventually it seems like the only rational thing to do with all the emotion and confusion is to have a DTR, “Define the Relationship.” What are we? What are we going to be? That dynamic is only amplified in necessity and importance when it comes to our relationship with God. If we are not sure where we stand or what we are called to do in the relationship, then we can get off balance and become despairing, depressed, and afraid.

  1. He is our Creator. We are his creatures. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27) God is our Creator. We are his creatures. He is the potter. We are the clay. Therefore, we do well to remember that, as the Creator, God gets the final call on the purpose for our existence. We exist in his image, for his glory.
  2. We are sinners. He is our Savior. Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. (Titus 2:13–14) The Trinity was at work to save us from our sins. God sent his Son. Jesus died and rose again. The Spirit caused us to be born again. Our lives now are lived waiting for the day when Jesus comes back in glory to bring us home.
  3. He is our Father. We are his children. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ. (Romans 8:15–17)
  4. He is our Shepherd. We are his sheep. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11). Jesus is a Shepherd for us. He lays down his life for us. We know his voice and can trust that, even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we don’t need to fear any evil. He walks through the dark, scary places with us and promises to provide for us and protect us no matter what comes.
  5. We are weak. He is strong. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

These are just five things that define the relationship we now have with God through faith in Jesus. We are created, redeemed, adopted, cared for, and helped. We get the eternal help and joy and God gets the eternal glory he deserves through Christ. Rest in your relationship with God today and be encouraged that God is near and your relationship is secure.

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