God wants a relationship with you!
I have been surprised and saddened so many times when I have shared that line with groups. I get a blank look or a wan smile from too many people. “That’s nice.” Far too many who have trusted Jesus for salvation have no idea what a relationship with Him would mean.
But if you loved someone, a true and deep personal love, wouldn’t you want to be with that person? And suppose you saw the one you loved in danger. Wouldn’t you want to call and have him/her recognize your voice and trust your word? Wouldn’t you want to share your life with that person, to walk and talk and work together? That’s what relationship means.
You were made for a relationship with God. He made you with intelligence and morals and reasoning beyond the animals because He wanted you to know Him. You see, He already knows you. He is already and always with you. But you are learning about Him. Now that you are with Him (you weren’t before) He wants you to know Him.
Paul understood this. In Philippians 3, he wrote about his goal in life. He said that he willingly gave up everything to know Jesus.
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
Nothing else mattered. Just Jesus.
I believe that one of the most serious problems in the church today is this lack of knowing Jesus. We know of Him and we know some things about Him, but so many do not know Him. Like a mail-order bride who has never met her husband-to-be, they look forward to the day when they leave their country to be with him forever. But the relationship Jesus has given to His people is today. Right now! He is near to you and He loves you.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13
You can talk with Him and walk through your day with Him. You can know that He is with you at any moment. He will never leave you nor forsake you—that’s His promise.
You see, Jesus is a real Person and He wants a real relationship with His people. The primary goal of His life is that you would know Him. Why? Because when you know Him, everything else falls into place.