I have heard many a man state his heart’s desire to be closer, nearer and more intimate with the Lord. Actually, I am such a man. There is a hunger and an expressed yearning to make a meaningful connection with our God. And on the other side, I have heard Martha articulate, “God has a burning passion to have men who will love Him. That He has an ache in His heart for men to seek, pursue and love Him.” So where is the disconnect? Is God coy?
If I am hungering to be with my God, and God is eager to receive my love . . . why aren’t there more lovesick men out there, engaged in deep, intimate fellowship with their God? Why do I hear more from those wanting and less from those experiencing?
I don’t for a second believe that God is maliciously trying to frustrate men. I do believe that the Creator of the Universe is looking for one thing, and we men are to do the same. But do we? We convey our desire for more of God, but what does that really mean?
I know that we have incredible responsibilities laid on our hearts and minds. We have families we have to support, coworkers who rely on our performance, and people who look to us for many things. The catch-22 here is that often God has placed us in these positions. These positions require our undivided attention and focus to accomplish the tasks at hand.
So back to the dilemma: I want God, God wants me and I am seemingly prevented from getting to Him because of the responsibilities I’ve been given. There must be a piece missing in this puzzle. Does God want me to leave everything, in a Cast Away-type scenario? Is the only way for me to have a relationship with God is to abandon my family, job, responsibilities and life, and go live in a cell at an abbey or on a deserted island in the Pacific? No!
I previously alluded to ONE THING. And the entire universe pivots on this one thing. God looks to it and we must as well. It is the place of intimate relationship with God, the place where desires are met with fulfillment. So what is that one thing? Him! He is the one thing. And He is looking for those who will seek Him as the ONE THING.
You might say, “Okay John, you just stated that I have assumed God-given responsibilities. And these things require my focus and participation to be handled. And that I am not to go live like Tom Hanks in a 2 and a half hour and long FedEx commercial (my description of the movie Cast Away). So what’s up?”
As I have been stating in many ways since this blog started: God is the source of life. But He is also the source of fellowship. He doesn’t want us to run at our responsibilities and carry them for Him. He wants to carry them in us. And this is where we will have intimate fellowship. Crazy, right? The very thing I saw as my block to relationship is my place of fellowship.
I am wondering if the reason more men are not experiencing the love affair with Jesus is because we believe He will only be satisfied in a quiet room where we are solely looking at Him. If this is the mandate to fellowship, we are sunk.
God has to be sought as the ONE THING, but not in one place or under one circumstance. If He is Lord of our LIFE, then guess what? He wants to be our life and the life we live. He is every moment! He is not compartmentalized into a specific time. He doesn’t relegate us to do work time, family time, leisure time and then join us for quiet time, if we can make the time. No, He is our FULLNESS of time.
I wonder if some of the reason there are more frustrated seekers out there than satisfied partakers is because we just don’t understand that He really wants to be our ONE THING and to live our lives.
“There is only one thing worth being concerned about.
Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”