Have you met with God today? Is He an acquaintance or a friend?
I find myself asking this question daily: “Dustin, have you met with God today?” Have you done more than read your Bible or listen to a worship song, but have you actually met with God?
I think of it as meeting someone at Starbucks Coffee. You may have a set time or it may be spur of the moment. When it happens you grab a coffee, sit down at a table, and talk. You catch up on each others life, you have a conversation, and you meet with them. Now, stay with me and continue reading. There is a difference between seeing or “running into” someone at Starbucks and meeting with someone there. You say, “Hi” and shake hands with someone you see, but when you meet with someone it so much deeper.
In many ways, Christians only “see” God. He’s usually only an acquaintance, not a friend. Running into God isn’t common or planned at all, it is just pure happenstance. There is no depth there at all. The reality is that we have the ability to gain so much more when we intentionally spend time with God. It is in those moments that God wants to speak to us and move in us. It is in those moments that God wants us to grow and get to know Him better.
When I think of this, I am reminded of Luke 9:23-25:
“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?”
If we, as Christians, want more of God, then we must follow Him daily. We must deny ourselves, lay our lives down, take up the cross, and follow Him. That takes us meeting with Him, getting to know Him, and doing more than “running into” Him.
There are so many Christians that solely want the “glamorous” side of the faith – the look and feel of a Christian. We want to add to our life – we want to make it look better. We should want His life for us. If we want the world and not Christ (as the “glamorous” Christian), than we forfeit our soul.
The question I ask you today is, “Have you met with God?” Do you meet with God? Will you meet with God? That is what being a Christian is truly all about. It’s when we meet with God and not just “see” God. It is when He is not just an acquaintance, but a friend.