God is Not Your Orange Juice

“If a person’s life has zero evidence of light, faith, change of direction, repentance, and love, then they must ask if the Spirit is in them.” – Henry Cloud 

I was in a group of men a few months back and someone asked everyone in the group to answer the question, “How is everyone’s relationship with God?”

One man answered, “I just have to be careful not to get a routine with my relationship with God. Getting in the Word and praying can become like drinking orange juice… When we were little, we were told to drink our orange juice every day because it was supposed to be good for us. To this day, even though it’s not good for me, I still drink orange juice everyday without even thinking about it. I don’t want to get in the habit of getting in the Word and praying without even think about it. I want it to be a fresh thing everyday.”

Another man responded, “I wish I had a better relationship with God.” To which we all responded, “What do you mean?” He said, “God’s my orange juice. I go to church because I know it’s supposed to be good for me.

I find a lot of people are in this situation. They go to church, serve at church, etc. not because of their relationship with God, but because they feel like it’s the right thing to do. It is what they are “supposed” to do.

Ultimately, this approach is not sustainable or fruitful.

They see other people who have a great relationship with God and don’t understand why they can’t have the same thing.

The truth is, they can. The Bible says, “Draw close to God and He’ll draw close to you.” I’ve never met anyone who was sincerely seeking God, who didn’t find Him. When you move beyond religion (doing things because we know it’s supposed to be good for us or doing things to “get right with God”) to just simply seeking Him, you will find Him.

God never intended Himself to be someone we follow because we’re supposed to. God intended us to have a  relationship with Him. If you don’t know if you do have a relationship with Him, you probably don’t. That’s ok. He made it extremely easy to have one with Him! If you’d like to know how to do this, contact me.

If God has been your orange juice, change your strategy. Instead of doing things you think you are supposed to do, just simply seek Him. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Go to church. Tell other Christians you want what they have and ask them how they developed their relationship with God.

Question: Do you know you have a relationship with God or has God been your Orange Juice? Leave a comment below.

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