Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 14
There are many things that can break off our fellowship with God. Chief of which is, of course, sin. But aside from sin, there are other things that can reduce and even break our fellowship with God.
Consider the relationships you have now in your life. When we are in relationship – or “fellowship” – with people, there are numbers of things that can either enhance or destroy that fellowship. Sometimes, because of anger over some slight, we may start to shut down communication and pull away. Other times, we simply may not be “in the mood” to do what it might take to improve the relationship we have with another person. We might not have the “energy” required or we may simply feel like being alone. These things are not necessarily wrong (though we need to certainly investigate each reason within ourselves), but it is acknowledged that how we feel often dictates how we act or react toward someone else.
It is a bit ironic that when it comes to our relationship with God, we immediately think in terms of an ethereal relationship as opposed to a human-to-human relationship. Yes, for the true Christian, he/she is in relationship with God Almighty, but we need to remember that Jesus is fully God and fully human. He connects to us and we with Him via the humanity we share.
In that sense then, being in relationship with Jesus (because of salvation), is similar in many ways to being in relationship with another person. Of course, we don’t have the direct, physical contact that is included in our other human relationships do we? When I speak to or with my wife, I can pick up many cues, like the tone of her voice, her posture, etc. I can also misinterpret those clues even though she is standing right in front of me. Miscommunication and misunderstanding are often a sad part of our relationship experience.
We might misunderstand a loved one or friend due to our own lack of awareness or clarity in what they mean. We might experience a miscommunication due to our own perspective or the fact that we lack the energy to really focus on things.
Another area that can greatly affect the way people communicate (or not) is when someone is suffering from poor health. Poor health can rob people of energy and clarity of thought that might otherwise allow them to gain the correct understanding from the other person and adopt the willingness to see things their way.
If you really consider it, poor health can play a huge role in the quality (or lack of it) or relationships. I believe this can and does easily extend to our relationship with God.
We are living in a day when our water has never been more polluted, our air that we breathe drowns in chemicals from factories, jet streams, and much more. Our food supply – because of the way the land is overworked and over-farmed today – has tons of toxins in it that we eat.
Because of the fact that sin entered this world, death was the result. We will all die. That is the bad news. The good news is that we do not have to experience the slow, morbid, death walk that sees our bodies go from healthy to decrepit until one by one, our organs start to shut down and the last ten to fifteen (or more) years of our life is filled with aches, pains, and agony. I think it should be easy to see how people going through these types of slow deaths have relationships that are also impacted.
I’ve seen people who are normally gentle and easy-going, in the throes of diseases and who became angry, almost violently so, as their organs died and medical personnel fought to save them. By this time, it’s a bit too late. Because of their pain and discomfort, they created a firestorm of volatility with those around them. The relationship with others essentially stopped and everyone who remained essentially became a sort of “care giver,” doing their best just to make and keep the person comfortable. In the interim, they also put up with a great deal of emotional suffering because of it.
I wonder if we do this with God too often? I will see people on Sundays standing, arms raised, tears rolling down their cheeks – apparently because they love God – go out of that service and treat others like garbage. Why is that? Are they in love with God or the emotions created by the music or the service itself?
When a person is healthy – emotionally and physically – they are more adaptable to the various things that God brings their way. They don’t recoil or rebel because they don’t feel overwhelmed. I recall when I was much younger, I generally felt miserable a good portion of the time. I would sometimes treat people terribly all because I didn’t feel great about myself or life in general. I’ve come to realize that my participation in any relationship is often based on how I feel about myself. If I’m angry or frustrated, I would tend to take that out on a person close to me.
I have done this with God as well. During those times, without realizing it, I have closed the door to fellowship with Him, just as I closed the door to fellowship with people when I would treat them harshly. No one wants to put up with that garbage and why should they?
So how do we do what we can to ensure that our relationship with God in Jesus remains open, viable, and in fellowship? I firmly believe that at least some of it can be boiled down to our health. Many studies have shown a severe spike in autism over the past few decades. Moreover, spikes in various cancers have been and continue to be on the rise. In general, people in America are very unhealthy. They are overweight, they hobble instead of walk, and people’s tempers flare at the drop of a hat. I fully and firmly believe that much of this is due to the toxins that come into our bodies through our food supply and air supply.
God designed the body in such a way that the liver is the major filtration system. It is supposed to remove toxins that are ingested into our bodily systems. But because of the tremendous level of toxins that are constantly being produced, it has become very difficult for our livers to keep up. Because of this, people feel run-down, have brain “fog,” lethargy, fatigue, and much worse than that. When I was a kid, it was so rare to hear about someone you knew develop cancer. Now, it is almost common place. I have lost count of how many people I know personally who have developed some form of cancer in the past decade. Others have brain tumors.
I believe these illnesses – even if it’s just brain “fog” – do play havoc with our systems and cause us to think about God and our relationship with Him in terms that are simply not true. We feel “under the weather” or simply “bad” and we transfer these feelings to our relationship with God. We are out of fellowship, we assume, therefore God doesn’t love us anymore and won’t love us until we “confess” our sin and move back to Him.
We’re all aware of what insecurities can create in people. The person who is insecure for whatever reason may feel the constant need for affirmation from someone else. It tends to drive the other person a bit nuts trying so hard to cause the insecure person to simply accept the truth. They don’t feel it and can’t see it, therefore it doesn’t exist. If the person could simply get beyond their insecurities, they might be able to see the relationship as it is, instead of as they believe it to be, based on how they feel.
Do we do this with God? I believe we do. I know that I have been guilty of it. So how do we begin to heal ourselves so that we can improve our attitudes and adopt a more truthful way of approaching and seeing our relationship with God?
We’ll talk about that next time.
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