What does it mean that we live before a personal God? What are the implications for this in our life? In our ministry to others?
By Bruce Adams
I formed you. I love you. I have called you by name. I will be gracious to you. God’s words to me, they begin with I. He initiates. He is personal and I am made in His image and being conformed by His grace into the image of His Son. He is my Father and I am in His family. He chooses to gird His robe and run to me (Luke 15) and embrace me as I confess sin. God is personal, I have a relationship. We can speak with each other. He has His eye on me as to the sparrow (Luke 12). This personal relationship is the solid rock (Mat. 7:24) on which to build ministry. Being conformed to Christ, I am to be personal to those image bearers God has put in my path. He is gracious and gives a vision for ministering to them.
Yesterday a brother discovered he has prostate cancer and will need surgery. We share a relationship with a personal God. We are among the many brethren with Christ as the first born (Ro. 8:29). We are family and without hesitation talk to our Heavenly Father together, knowing He hears us and will be gracious toward us (Isa. 30:18).
Also yesterday, I met with a man struggling with relapse into the sin of using internet pornography. He too is a brother. We are in the same family and we can without hesitation pray together to our Heavenly Father.
My wife settled into bed with her book a few minutes before I came into the room. Out of routine I asked, “Need anything?” And her response was, “No, just you.” I felt loved.
God is personal. He wants just me and that is Good News.
Bruce and his wife Janet have attended Chapelgate Presbyterian Church since 1995. Janet teaches Women’s Studies. Bruce serves as an elder and also volunteers at Life Counseling Center. They host a small group and help lead Celebrate Recovery at Chapelgate. They are the parents of three adult children, all of whom are married, and grandparents of two.