…remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the
commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise,
having no hope and without God in the world.
Ephesians 2:12 (NRSV)
When I listen to people talk about God, God most often plays the role of a rabbit’s foot. That is, God is more a thing one hopes will bring a good outcome (good luck.) To put it another way, “put a prayer in, get (maybe) something back as a reward.” No big deal, the investment was small.
I believe that prayer can be powerful and I believe that God enters into human history. But I believe God is more than a delivery man or woman to be called upon to render a service and preferably to deliver it via the back door so as not to attract too much attention.
God as Trinity tells us that God is relational in Godself. God lives, breathes and craves relationship. Jesus is a physical fruit of that yearning and the Holy Spirit stands ready to breathe relationship into every moment.
Our story becomes small when we try to go it alone with God as simply held as insurance. We live a safe, half existence. Our story becomes BIG when we lean into that relationship and depend on it as we do air and water and food. Life is risky but also exhilarating.
Today, will you relate with God or use God? The answer divides life from death, a BIG life from a small one.