Prioritizing His Presence
It’s fascinating to observe people’s relationship with God. Some spend their lives trying to get their doctrine exactly right because, apparently, that’s the basis of their relationship with him. Others try to make sure their works line up with his because, after all, he’s very interested in accomplishing his purposes through us. But while doctrine and works are both good, they aren’t the priority. It’s far more important to prioritize his presence in your life and to let it flow.
God has moved powerfully through many people whose doctrine is just a bit off. He has also moved powerfully through many who aren’t well trained in serving him. But he doesn’t move powerfully through those who avoid the intimacy of relationship, who approach him casually, who don’t realize how fully dependent on him they are. Most of all, he usually doesn’t move powerfully through those who don’t love him and worship him with a whole heart.
However you approach your relationship with God, begin with his presence. Make it a priority. Invite him constantly to have his way, to flow through you, to correct you when needed, to inspire you to deep thoughts, to fill you mightily with his Spirit. Keep the fire burning. That’s where life is. That’s where the relationship flourishes. And that’s where his power thrives in this world.