Knowing why we are here is extremely important for the successful and meaningful life that we are designed to enjoy. It has been said that one of humanity’s greatest tragedies is to be what the world, the Kingdom of Darkness, calls successful and that is not being what our Creator and our Designer has equipped, designed, and qualified us to do for ourselves and for humanity. Not only do we miss the intimacy, the fellowship, and the results of the anointed relationship we are designed to experience, but all of humanity, present and future, those who come after us, posterity, do not receive the benefits that are to be the results that come from the unrestricted flow of that kind of fellowship and communication with our Creator and our Designer that we are programmed and designed to enjoy, and to deliver the benefits given to us for all of humanity. This is each of our design. We are designed for a living, breathing relationship with our Creator and our Designer through continual fellowship with Him, Spirit to spirit forever. In all of the components of our eternity – our before here, our here, and our hereafter.
Listen to what our “relational” God said to us about relationship with Him.
28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”Matthew 11; 28-30 The Message (MSG)
Have we approached our God, who is completely relational and not religious at all, through religious methods? His longing and His desire are for relationship with us. Here He tells us how we can know Him, intimately and personally through a relationship that is vibrant and alive. We began our study and review of the “Why am I here?” question with the reference where our Creator says that His people are being destroyed because they do not know Him. The inference here could be that we know a great deal about Him, but we do not know Him personally and intimately through an active, living relationship. Here He clearly describes in detail that we are to know Him through our relationship with Him. He describes the process for relationship as follows. Relationship requires fellowship. Fellowship requires our spending time together with Him. Spending time together requires that we give Him the time. There is no other way to be in relationship.
He begins with the questions that exposes our present experience. “Are you tired? Are you frustrated? Are you worn out with the trying? Has religion disappointed you? Have you given up?” He then tells us how to know Him intimately and personally. “Leave religion and all the other things that you have tried behind and spend time with me. I will show you how to gain real life, and to know and to understand why you are here, your purpose, your reason for being, and how to live without all of the stress of trying so hard. I will teach you how to rest, how to relax and how to be comfortable in your relationship with me. Spend time with me and I will show you how to do life my way.”
Here our Creator uses an amazingly descriptive phrase that describes perfectly the results that we experience when we grasp and when we embrace His methods for living our lives in relationship with Him, when we understand how He has life planned for us, and when we engage life His way. The way He has planned for our life experiences to be with Him in-time and forever. Knowing Him personally and intimately changes forever our life experiences. He so beautifully says, “I will teach you the unforced rhythms of grace.” Here He is describing a life that flows easily and naturally. He clearly states that this will be the result of our observing Him, determining how He does life and partnering with Him for our life.
His declaration to us ends with the promise that He will not put anything on us, no requirement that is “heavy or does not fit us.” How do we get to this place? How do we make this our experience? He closes this amazing insight for us with the way we can make this our experience. “spend time with me, and I will teach you to live freely and lightly!” Isn’t that the relationship that we are searching for?