Unlike our bosses and teachers and spouses and friends, God is invisible. I find myself making excuses when it comes to doing things for God. Since we can’t physically feel Him breathing down our neck, it can be easy to prioritize worldly obligations over godly ones.

Besides His intangibility, another challenge in how we should approach God is thinking of how we should relate to Him. How exactly should we interact with the God of the Universe? We are simply human beings; the thought of approaching a perfect, all-knowing deity can be so overwhelming that we sometimes don’t even want to bother.

The Bible gives us some hints. God doesn’t just want to be our king; he also wants to be a husband, a teacher, and a friend to us. If we think of God in each of these roles, the way that we should treat Him becomes clearer:

· Husband—Would you stop speaking to your spouse for days at a time because you were busy? Would you go against your spouse’s wishes because it was easier for you?

Hosea 2:16

New King James Version (NKJV)

16 “And it shall be, in that day,”
Says the Lord,
That you will call Me ‘My Husband,’
And no longer call Me ‘My Master,’

· Teacher—Would you constantly question what a teacher told you to do? Would you rebel against your teacher, thinking that your own knowledge was somehow more informed?

The New Testament is full of examples of Jesus teaching His disciples the truth path to salvation. If we read God's Word today, we can still learn from Him. 

John 8:31-32

New King James Version (NKJV)

31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

·Friend—Would you blow off meeting up with your best friend just to get some extra sleep?

John 15:15

New King James Version (NKJV)

15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.

I’m guilty of ignoring God and taking my relationship with Him for granted. His presence isn’t tangible like the other things and people in this world. But when we put our relationship with Him in terms of earthly relationships, it can be easier to see the reality of how we should live: like we are in a loving, healthy relationship with our Lord and Savior. We should all pledge to be more aware of how we treat God every day. We should try to give Him the respect that He deserves. His Word teaches us that He doesn’t need our love, but He desperately wants it. Why not invest in a relationship that will never let us down?

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Source for Bible verses: Biblegateway 

 This post was written by Emily Haymans.