Every morning when I get up one of the first things I do is make myself a cup of tea. If you know anything about me you know that I am rather particular about how my tea is made. I only use water that has been boiled on the stove top. I don’t think microwaved water produces a very good cup of tea. Once the water is boiling, my cup is prepared with a smidgen of sugar and a Lipton tea bag, and I pour that piping hot water into my cup so the tea can steep. The steeping process is just as important as the hot water. The longer the tea bag steeps the better the flavor of the tea. For me, a good cup of tea is made with care, precision, and most importantly time.
The importance of this perfectly steeped cup of tea is that it is my companion as I sit with my Bible or kneel by my desk and spend time in prayer. Just as a good cup of tea takes time to produce quality results, so a quality relationship with God takes time spent with Him.
We cannot work at this relationship with God if we skip through church and fulfill our one hour per week obligation. We cannot build a relationship with God if we spend an hour at the food pantry or performing any other act of kindness that shows how kind and loving we are. God delights in us serving Him, but not if it is at the expense of spending time with Him.
I John 1:3 says, “..Indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.” God created us to have and enjoy fellowship with Him. We are here on this earth for that reason first. Once we have focused on this relationship and continue to make it a priority, it will be easy to know when God is directing us be involved in other areas of kind service. These acts, like church attendance and kind deeds for others, will flow out of our love for God.
There is a requirement for this relationship with God. Just like my perfectly steeped cup of tea needs a few things to be pleasing to me, so my relationship with God needs to have a few things to be pleasing to Him. First, I must admit that I am a sinner. (Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”) Second, I must believe that Jesus died on the cross and took the penalty for my sin. (Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”) Third, I must confess with my mouth that I am a sinner and that Jesus Paid the price for my sin. (Romans 10:9 “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”)
Come, sit with me and let’s have a cup of tea together and enjoy what God has for us today in His word and through a time of prayer. If you have never admitted to God that you are a sinner or believed that Jesus died for your sins, you can do so today. Just pray to God and admit that you are a sinner, believe that Jesus paid the price for your sins, and confess to God that you want to have a relationship with Him.