Starting this week and running into the middle of December, I will be posting on our website, weekly, the next installment of a 12-part video series I am teaching on 2 Corinthians 2:14 – 6:13 entitled, “Our New Relationship with God.” I can’t overemphasize the importance of this material, or over-urge you to take advantage of this opportunity and set aside some time each week to watch the next video.
When I say, “New,” I don’t mean it just came on the scene, or we just invented it, or it’s the next new thing to talk about like postmodernism or the emerging church. What I mean is: it’s a new way to relate to God versus the old way we all started with.
Nor do I mean stages of growth, like you operate under the old way until you find out about the new one and everything’s new after that. No, these two ways are both present in our lives. They’ve been around since the beginning of time and it’s most typical of us to alternate between the two.
Here’s how you know if you are operating in this new relationship with God:
you open your mouth and amazing things come out
you have been directed to talk to or pray with certain people
you fall to sleep at night in a state of delirious exhaustion, not because you’ve been working so hard all day, but because you have been used all day by God
you know what to do
you are filled with joy
you feel as if you have been set free
you are not afraid to show your faults
you are out in the open with nothing to hide
you are happily not in control of everything
you’re not quite sure what’s going to happen next
you are in a constant state of amazement
you love everybody
This is by no means the end of the list (it’s barely a beginning), but you should start to get the idea. And of course the old relationship with God would be characterized by the opposite of all these things, such as: you are trapped, hiding, competitive, critical, tired, judgmental, overworked, in control of everything and not happy with anything.
Chances are you are all somewhat aware of both states of existence, but let me guess — your life is more often than not, characterized by the old way. (Let me tell you right now that mine is, and I’m teaching this!) So you can see why we all need it, and we need it all the time.
I would go as far as to say that once you are a Christian that there is no understanding you need to have more than this one. So am I being arrogant when say that these next 12 weeks could be the most important weeks of your life? Maybe you should try it and find out.