Today’s guest post is by Poncho Lowder, a college pastor at City Bible Church, cofounder of the Bible and Journal App Company, and author of Pursue God: How Do You Develop a Thriving Relationship with God, which, for a limited time, you can get for only $0.99!
More than ever before, Christians are being challenged by the world around them. With the continuous development of social media, drastic advances in technology, and the globalization of online information, we stand on the brink of a quickly developing postmodern era. There is no question that this emerging culture, with all its flashy new developments, already impacts the way in which we go about our day-to-day lives. It only makes sense that it would have an even greater impact on the way we choose to seek and serve God.
To give one of many examples, studies show that the average person checks Facebook 14 times a day. The effects of this shift in our culture create a more significant challenge then most people realize. See, the way you relate to others has a direct impact on the way you relate to God. God is more than just a friend on Facebook. He doesn’t communicate to you the same way the majority of people do through social media. Sure, he cares about the little things and would love to see a picture of you and a friend eating a massive cheeseburger, but that’s not quite enough. He desires to have a deep and meaningful relationship with you. When you start limiting God to quick, shallow conversations, you diminish the genuine relationship you could be experiencing.
In the Bible, we see that Timothy found himself in an emerging culture much like ours today. Immediate social connections may not have been his norm, but he did live in a time full of opportunity, growth, and new ways of thinking. Paul, who acted as a mentor and father to Timothy, wrote two letters to his young friend found in 1 and 2 Timothy. Paul, who was very concerned for Timothy, wrote to encourage and challenge him to look at why and how he was pursuing God. He wanted him to be an example to others around him, both Christian and non-Christian. He desired for Timothy to have a thriving relationship with God
To challenge Timothy to run after God, Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 6:11–12, “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith.” Later, in 2 Timothy 2:22, he pleaded with Timothy to “flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” Paul knew that if Timothy would focus on pursuing his heavenly Father with all his heart, mind, and strength, he would fulfill all that God had planned for him.
So my question for you is, “How is your relationship with God?” Is your relationship shallow, lacking, or typically just on-the-fly? If so, I challenge you to do a few things to make it better:
1. Make spending time in the Bible a daily decision. Don’t give more time to Facebook than you do to God. Block out time in your schedule where you turn your phone off, get away from the computer and everyone, and just spend time with God.
2. Do something to bring fresh motivation in your life. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Do something new! I recommend reading Pursue God—it will equip and motivate you to seek God.
3. Get some accountability. I don’t want you to turn your time with God into something driven by works, but it does help to have someone that will keep encouraging you to make your relationship with God a priority. Pick the right person and make the goal getting closer to God, not just checking a box.
I hope these thoughts inspire you to develop an amazing relationship with God. I would love to hear what you do to keep your relationship with God fresh and thriving—feel free to leave comments!
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Today’s guest post is by Poncho Lowder, a college pastor at City Bible Church, cofounder of the Bible and Journal App Company, and author of Pursue God: How Do You Develop a Thriving Relationship with God, which, for a limited time, you can get for only $0.99! More than ever before, Christians are being challenged by the […]