3 Things Before Talking to God
By Kris Robinson
Emphasizing vv.2 & 11
Nowadays Christians should read the OT!
Genesis, chapter 35, is a great indication as to why the OT should not be dismissed. At the ‘climax’ of Jacob’s life (You may want to read Gen. 27 – 35 to get some context) back at the place where he had his infamous dream about the ladder reaching Heaven and angles descending and ascending on it (Gen. 28), before he goes to meet with God he tells everyone in his group 3 things I think Christians would do well to recognize before talking to God:
- “Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you” (Gen. 35:2a)
- In Ex. 20:1-5 God reminds us that we should have no other gods and that we certainly shouldn’t worship anything other than Him. How easily we allow things to become our god, even good things. Psalm 139:23-24 is a good place to start to help with this
- “Purify yourselves” (Gen. 35:2b)
- “To meet with God and obtain any blessing from Him we must be clean in heart by the blood of Jesus” (Dr. Basil F.C. Atkinson) – See: Jn. 19:34, Eph. 5:26, Tit. 3:5, 1 Jn. 1:7 & Ps. 51:10
- “Change your clothes” (Gen. 35:2c)
- We must put on Jesus Christ; in other words our outward appearance should be a reflection of Christ – See: Zech. 3:3, Isa. 52:1 & 61:10, Ro. 13:14 & Rev. 7:14
The Why? – Gen. 35:11 (NIV)
“And God said to him, “I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants.”
If you’ve read your Bible, you may recognize this command, it’s the same given to Adam (Gen. 1:28) & Noah (9:1); however, it could be said this is God’s nowadays command for all Christians! Read with spiritual eyes, God commands and advises us to be fruitful. “He intends that we should all be channels of blessing to others to appear in heaven not alone, but accompanied by many others whom we have led, or helped lead to Christ. It’s final fulfillment under the Gospel is in the holy nation which is in the Christian church, composed of a fullness of nations, and where every servant of God is a king and will reign for ever and ever.” (Dr. Basil F.C. Atkinson, p.334, Genesis Pocket Commentary) – See: 1 Pet. 2:9, Ro. 11:25 & Rev. 21:24 & Rev. 22:5
What consumes most of your thoughts, why? What consumes most of your time, why? How are you and Jesus, RIGHT NOW?
Kris Robinson is an Assistant Pastor at Free Life Community Church helping teenagers & Millennials connect & transform their spiritual journey through Christ Jesus.