Connecting With God, Part 6
(To read Part 1, click here)
These Connecting with God posts aren’t very sexy. But they may be the most important I’ll ever write. Because prayer, as un-sexy as it is, is the most important thing anyone can do. Period. Real prayer—not empty ritual—is nothing less than communicating with the One who created us, who alone knows the purpose of our existence.
And that’s less important than…?
Jesus said over and over again that knowing God was literally a matter of life and death. You are dying. You might die while reading this post, or fifty years from now, but you are dying. And to wait until death is imminent to truly connect with God is like waiting until your fuel gauge pings empty before deciding where to land your plane. At that point the destination has already been decided for you.
“But everyone who hears these words of mine and is acting upon them,” Jesus said, “is like a wise man who built his house upon a rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. But it stands because it is founded upon rock.” Matthew 7:24-25
So what’s this “house” he speaks of?
Us. It’s who we are and who we are becoming. We tend to build our lives with haphazard materials: wants, likes, hobbies, things we stumble upon, things that fill our time and then pass away in time. But when no time is left, those mortal things disintegrate. If we hold them in proper perspective as “just things,” fine, but if we allow them to become the substance of our lives, our “house” will crumble, because it its founded upon the broken fragments of reality, rather than Reality itself.
If your god is mortal (money, career, sex, fame, pride…) it will die with you. But if your God is immortal, you will live with Him.
Not long after stumbling upon (or more accurately being led to) the idea of reinventing my prayer life by not just reading but memorizing and meditating upon Scripture, I realized Jesus’ house metaphor provided the perfect framework. So I divided My Verses into three sections:
Foundation, walls, and roof.
In Connecting with God, Part 7 I’ll talk about the specific verses that have enabled me to begin rebuilding–from the ground up–the house of my life!
Blessing till it hurts!