Relationship over Religion



Such is my relationship with God: on my gigantic canvass of life, I am the one throwing all of the brightly-colored paints, creating genuine splatters, authentic whirlpools of color, beautiful patterns, wonderful streaks and stains and wild accents; God is the one with the paintbrush who stands beside my canvass filling all the intricate and amazing details in between the whirlpools and the streaks! We’re happy together! C. Joybell.C

I got baptized at the age of 14. It was an exciting time for me, but it was also a confusing time. Within a few days, several persons from different denominations came to my house to minister the gospel. These were persons who walked the streets and stopped at various houses to evangelize the gospel. 

What I found strange in a number of these cases was, when I told them I was a Christian, they still sought to “win” me over. The Pentecostals told me that I had to be re baptized because I was not baptized in Jesus’ name. The Adventists told me I am not saved because I was worshiping on the wrong day. The Mormons told me that Joseph Smith ought to be a central figure for me. Suffice it to say, I was confused. So, I did only what I knew to do then…I sought the Lord for clarity. I spent the next few weeks reading the scriptures and praying. 

In those moments with God, he illuminated his word to me like never before. If I even had a question in my mind, The Spirit of God directed me to a particular scripture that answered that question. The Spirit of God and my spirit were in sync and I got to know him more than ever before. My relationship with him blossomed. We spoke daily and he told me things to do and there were days we just had conversations about random things. It was in these moments I realized that ,of a truth, God’s desire is to fellowship with man. He’s not far removed that we can’t have a relationship with him. He enjoys when we are in his presence. 

A few months after my encounters with God, I began telling my friends about him. These were all teenagers who were caught up with so many trends and happenings at the time. But what I found amazing was that they would run for lunch and returned to hear me sharing about God. I did not present a day of worship to them. I did not present any dogmas. I simply shared Jesus. I did not know the effect that this sharing was having until one day a friend of mine said to me, “ Stacy, I want what you have with Jesus”. She said I made Jesus seem so real and personable. I told her that he is and he desires the same relationship with her. She was transformed that day. You see the truth is God still desires that same relationship with us like he had with Adam(it was a part of his original plan). He still wants to come down in the cool of the day and fellowship with us. He’s not a figure in the sky. He’s not an elusive deity that we have no access to. He still talks and wants to talk to us. He craves fellowship with man. A lot of people feel empty because based on our very design, man must fellowship with God. This emptiness can not be filled with anything but him. 

I implore you therefore to get to know him. Commune with him. He wants to talk with you. He wants to fellowship with you. He wants you to see his face and his heart. He absolutely adores you and wants to have a relationship with you.

Published by Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

One thought on “Relationship over Religion

  1. I’m an avid researcher Stacy and like millions of people and former Christian’s I have been researching the religion of christianity and have discovered that it is not what we think it is , it is a mythology like the other religions before it , for example, no discipline wrote the books of the new testament, no one knows who wrote them but it points to the Greeks and Romans, if you should get a study bible, and read the INTRODUCTION to each new testament book, it will tell you that the so called disciples did not write them, just for starters.

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