By Angie Ryg
Who is the most important person that you can have a relationship with starting today? Let me give you a hint, it is not that cute boy on the tennis team, even though, who knows, maybe you will end up marrying him. It is not any of your teachers, although it is very important to listen to your teachers. It is not even your mom, although she runs a close second! Girls, if you desire to have a vital relationship with Jesus, He is the one that you need to start thinking about as the most important person to spend time with today.
This does not mean that you will have a life of unending happiness, but you will find freedom. Freedom to experience the power of the Holy Spirit in your life! But this is where it gets tricky. Although, Jesus already did the work to be our Savior, we are able to join Him and become a part of a beautiful relationship. But just like any earthly relationship, it takes time and effort.
School has started and the relaxing ways of summer have gone and turned into busy activities such as studying for tests, practicing for tennis, keeping late hours at the theater, or maybe putting in even more hours at your after school job. You kept busy all summer, but now you have the added academic aspect of your life that you need to make time for in order to get everything you need to get done actually done.
But you can still take three steps to grow closer to God!
Talk to Him
God is waiting to hear you! He created you and He knows everything about you, but He still delights in hearing from you! It is like seeing a baby walk for the first time, there is joy and gladness in each step. God feels the same about you. You fill His heart with joy! And your prayers make a difference. It is when God allows you to join Him in His work for your beautiful purpose here on earth and for eternity!
Listen to Him
Just like your best friend wants you to listen to her and not be staring at your phone the whole time you are together, God wants you to listen to Him by reading His Word. I like to think of it as a love letter written just for me. It is called the Living Word for that reason. God will speak to you in very specific ways when you read it.
Spend Time with Him
Any relationship thrives when you spend time with the person. Spending time with God goes beyond reading the Bible or praying. Spending time can include worshipping at church or serving with your youth group. It can be taking a Saturday out of your week to share a meal at a homeless shelter or taking a younger girl out for ice cream to mentor her. Spending time serving others is a way to spend time with the Lord for it is He who will give you the power to serve joyfully.
Galatians 5:13 says, “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
A relationship with Jesus is the most important relationship, giving us freedom to live, to serve, and to be fully loved by God! Let’s encourage one another to be intentional about this amazing relationship with Jesus!