God's Own People
By Jeff Klick
1 Peter 2:9-10 - "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."
As believers, we are unique in all the world, for only Christians can claim a personal relationship with God. An intimate relationship with our heavenly Father. All other religions of the world, Buddhism, Hinduism, Humanism, Islam, etc. focus on what we must do. Only Christianity focuses on what God has done.
God, in His infinite wisdom, chose to become a personal God. He did not have to! He doesn't "need" us, for God has no needs; but God desires to be in relationship with us. He is not some far-off deity that cannot be reached; He is always near. Longing to be in fellowship with each of His children. God is a personal God who desires to be known by His children.
Have you ever noticed how many times in Scripture the phrase "Your God" is used?" Or, "My God." Count how many times God says, "You are my people." I call these the "ownership" verses. You will be amazed! Here are just a few:
- Ex. 6:7 - "I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God."
- Isa. 41:10 - "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God."
- Jer. 30:22 - "So you will be my people, and I will be your God."
- Ezk. 34:31 - "You my sheep, the sheep of My pasture, are people, and I am your God, declares the Sovereign Lord."
- Ezk. 36:28b - "You will be my people, and I will be your God."
- Heb. 4:9 - "There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God..."
- Luke 10:27 - "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and, love your neighbor as yourself."
Our God is a personal God! He created us with the express purpose of spending time with us. From the beginning God has been taking walks in the cool of the garden-- and He still desires this type of relationship with each of us today.
We may be alone sometimes, but we never should be lonely, for God is always with us and available for fellowship!! If you are not able to find another living soul in all of the world, God is still there. And He is waiting to fill the void in your life. He desires to be your God, your friend, your companion, your source, and your life.
We are the people of God. Our walk with God is not based on a set of rituals, but on relationship. God desires for us to know Him. This term "know" is the same word that was used in reference to the marital relationship. It implies total intimacy, no secrets, nothing at all hidden. God is, of course, beyond our understanding. But He wants to reveal Himself to us. He does this through His Word and His Spirit.
Just like a human relationship, intimacy develops as we spend quality time together. Everyone talks about quality time, but you can't make it happen! Quality time always happens within the context of quantity time. Some of the best quality time with my wife or children happens when we least expect it. You cannot schedule quality time! Relationships must be worked at. The same is true with our God. We must spend quantity time with Him to know Him better.
Have you spent time with your Father lately? He is waiting and longing for you to come and talk with Him.