I go to a Korean hairstylist for my haircut. I’ve been using his services quite regularly so we kinda know each other. Yet, I still find it awkward talking to him each time.
No, it’s not a language issue. He speaks rather fluent English after having spent several years here. Maybe too fluent now. So it’s not that we can’t understand each other. I just feel uneasy in his presence.
He’s extremely friendly and always tries to make small talks with me. But I was leery of his motives and can’t help but imagine he’s chatting me up just so he can upsell his services and packages.
So to avoid talking to him, I bury my face in my iPad and pray that the haircut ends sooner. All I want is to get a good haircut, pay up and leave. Till the next haircut.
As I reflected upon my peculiar behavior toward my hairstylist, I couldn’t help but wonder: How many of us are like that with God?
Do we attend church, read the Bible, pray but all the time feel awkward and distant about God? Do we at times just wanna spew our prayers and scoot? Till the next prayer, God.
Like how I need my hairstylist because I want to look good, we need God to save us from eternal damnation.
Like how I want to minimize contact with my hairstylist because I think he wants my money, some of us are worried about facing an exacting God.
We need God for what He can do for us. Yet we feel terribly awkward in His presence. We can’t wait to get Him off our backs. So we go through all the necessary motions, all the while wishing for time spent with Him to speed up.
Sad? But true.
Many of us see a demanding God. One who is waiting to exert demands. We pray knowing well that He CAN answer but not knowing if He WILL answer. Should we get to meet God face-to-face, I won’t be surprised if we’d simply run a mile!
But what many of us don’t realize is this: What can we offer God that He doesn’t already have? He owns the universe! And whatever He needed from us, He exacted from His Son at the cross. Everything’s settled for us between them!
If you’re asking, “Why did He have to do that?” Here’s the answer:
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. ~2 Corinthians 5:18-19, NIV
Oh how wonderful it is to know that God initiated the reconciliation and has done EVERYTHING through His Son to ensure our return to Him. He’s like the father of the prodigal son, wanting to reconcile with us, wanting to be our Abba Father, our Daddy, our Papa!
Friend, your Abba Father is beckoning you in His still small voice, “Come back to Me.” Have you accepted His invitation? Will you let Him dote and love on you?
God is nothing like my Korean hairstylist. He wants to get close to us NOT because He wants to get something from us. He wants to get close SO THAT He can give something of Himself to us.