Above All: Closer

On Sunday we finished our Above All series with one final message ‘Closer’. What a day in the house! Pastor Steve, thank you for being vulnerable, always keeping it real and always doing it with such love. This week’s message was all about the call to prayer is a call to closeness with God and how we as Christians need to kick every ounce of apathy out of our lives at whatever cost. If you missed Sunday, keep reading, I’m about to catch you up real quick!

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Here’s the one thing I crave from God, the one thing I seek above all else:I want the privilege of living with him every moment in his house, finding the sweet loveliness of his face, filled with awe, delighting in his glory and grace. I want to live my life so close to him that he takes pleasure in my every prayer. [Psalm 27:4]

I personally have loved this series Above All, I would go as far to say it is one of my favourite series to date. I have been encouraged and challenged throughout its entirety. I want all of what Psalms 27:4 speaks about and I love that we have been able to break it down and pull a part what it means to live the above life – The pursuit of God, living a life of holiness, carving out a secret place with God, and prayer. I feel that through all the teachings these past four weeks, I have received practical actions to move closer and closer to a deeper relationship with Jesus. I’m excited for what’s to come!

This weeks, key sentence from Psalm 27:4 was ‘I want to live my life so close to him that He takes pleasure in my every prayer’.  My ultimate goal in life is to have an intimate and deep relationship with Jesus – I want Him to know me, like really know me, I want my relationship with Jesus to come first, I want everything else to be put on hold if need be so that me and Jesus can do business as often as we need to, whenever we need too. I want Jesus first in my life. As Christians, I believe that it is so important to have an intimate relationship with Jesus. It should be the one thing we crave above all else.

I had quite a few takeaways from this week's message, but can I share a couple with you guys?

The call to prayer is a call to closeness with God.

“For tremendous power is released, through the passionate heartfelt prayer of a Godly believer.” [James 5:16]

Do you want to get intimate with God? Carve out your secret place, spend time with Him, talk to Him. Prayer is our direct line to God; it is simply conversation between us and Him. Prayer is powerful; God hears us and He moves when we open our mouths. Nothing shapes the outcome of your life more than prayer.

Pray constantly. Wake up and pray, eat and pray, shower and pray, exercise and pray - Insert here whatever you are doing, and pray. You will see results. God will listen, God will move, and intimacy between you and God will grow.

Charles Spurgeon says it well when he says “The ship of prayer may sail through all temptations, doubts and fears, straight up to the throne room of God.” It doesn’t matter what your life looks like right now, your prayer will always be received by God. God is always waiting for you to commune with Him, to simply chat with Him. Prayer draws us near, links our hearts with heaven, and aligns us with the will of God.

Apathy must go, we are called to a life of passion.

Apathy simply means “the lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern”. Pastor Steve spent time talking a lot about how we are created and called to a life of the complete opposite; passion and enthusiasm. Apathy was never the design of God for His people.

I spent some time reflecting on the idea of apathy and why it doesn’t fit into God’s plan. I was reminded of two truths; we are created in the image of God [Genesis 1:26] and Jesus sacrificed His life so we could have ours living in freedom [John 3:16]. Our God is not apathetic in character. Our God doesn’t lack interest, enthusiasm or concern in anything especially for His people. Furthermore, I am reminded that we are God’s prized creation and He created us in His image. If God doesn’t lack any of the above, then we were not created to lack any of the above either. To further look at why God is not apathetic in character; God sent His son Jesus to die on the cross to bring freedom to us. God cared so deeply and showed such concern for His people, that He sacrificed His own son to know us deeply and intimately, so that we could have a deep connection with Him.

As Christians it is vital to grasp this idea that God is not apathetic and because He created us, there is no room for apathy in our relationship with Jesus and there is no room for apathy in our purpose. The fact that Jesus died on the cross to save us from eternal separation from Him, makes me want to jump around, makes me so joyful, and makes me want to cry just knowing this truth. Through the sacrifice both God and Jesus were willing to do for me and for you, clearly shows me that God is set on deep connection and our lives lived with passion and enthusiasm. This truth motivates me and should motivate each of us to get passionate about communing with God and creating intimacy with Him. Furthermore, this truth motivates me to then go and tell others the same truth, let them know and experience what I do. God loves His people, so should we be. God is passionate about people, so should we be.

We, C3 Church Wellington, believe that prayer is powerful. We believe that the call to prayer is a call to closeness with God. We, C3 Church Wellington, believe that there is no room for apathy in our relationship with Jesus and people. Apathy must go and will be replaced with passion and deep relationship.