Why is it important for us to connect with God? Does it really matter? Once we’re saved, can’t we just do our own thing and check in once a week on Sunday?
I am in the middle of a 3-week teaching session for a high school Sunday School class on nine creative ways to connect with and to love God. As I was preparing this week’s lesson, I began to wonder, “Do the students understand the importance of this lesson? Do they even want to connect with God? Do they know why it’s vital that they do so?” This led to a mental tangent in the midst of my preparations, which brought me here.
Why is it important to connect with God? Why can’t I just show up to church on Sunday, sit through the 70-minute service, and continue my week? I’m busy. Taking time every day to learn about God can be difficult when I am faced with pressures and responsibilities from work, family, friends, home maintenance, etc. If God loves me unconditionally, then He’ll understand if I can only afford 70 minutes a week.
When I began this Sunday School series, I did not consider explaining the reason why it’s important to connect well with God. It was presupposed. Ever since I was a very small girl, my parents taught me to take time every day for my devotions. They began by using puppets to teach me about God. When I could read, the puppets were stored away and replaced with my own Bible. This habit of devotions carried over into my adult life. Consequently, I don’t have trouble understanding why I need to spend time daily with God. I have difficulty making that time consistently quality; and by quality, I mean connecting with God on a deeper level each new day.
However, I began to realize that I should definitely not assume the value of spending time with God. It cannot be implied. The questions flooding my mind were valid! Once again, I am back to them: Why is it important for us to connect with God? Does it really matter? Once we’re saved, isn’t Sunday morning service enough?
I have answers to these questions, both from a theological perspective and personal experience. Yet do my answers really convey the true importance? Will my students simply hear my reasons and then be forever changed?
I think not. I wish it was so, but I believe all the theological evidence or personal examples in the world cannot cause a person to truly value their time with God above all else. No, I believe they can only reach that point by their own personal experience. Until they begin spending consistent time investing in their relationship with God and seeking to know Him more, it will seem nonessential. There is an element of one’s relationship with God that cannot be explained. It is this element which motivates one to carve out time today, tomorrow, and the day after. Soon enough, one isn’t obligated to carve out time. Rather, it becomes a high priority and maybe even, the highest.
I believe this element is God’s love. Although it cannot be explained in full, I think it can be named. The love of God is the most powerful force in the universe. God is love.
God is love.
Once you begin to taste His love, you develop a unquenchable thirst for more…and more. Suddenly, the importance of spending time with Him isimplied; and you begin to search for ways to make that portion of each day more quality. You desire to go deeper in your relationship with Him–to learn more about Him and to experience His love in greater depth–every day.
Not just once a week or once a month but every day. You thirst to deeply connect with your Creator and Savior every day. You cannot fully explain why you desire this connection with such intensity. You cannot even pass it along to others. Yet you know it is priceless. There is an unexplainable element you have experienced.