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Weekly message from Neighborhood Church: Intentional interaction

1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His presence continually!

Kristi and I went over to see our son’s family’s new home. As we approached the door you could hear one of grandkids yell out, “It’s Mormor and Papa. They’re here! Right here at our new house!” The door flung open and smiling kids greeted us with hugs and kisses. They grabbed our arms and led us around the house to show us every room, every corner, every window, and every door. We went out in their back year to see all their fun play toys. One time I guess I was not paying enough attention to one of them and they stopped and yelled out, “Papa, PAPA, PAAAAPAAAA, you’re not listening.” I apologized because my son was also talking to me. All my grandson wanted to show me was where he was now storing his dinosaurs. It was not really about the dinosaurs, he just wanted to have some intentional interaction.

Later that night I started to think about how God intentionally interacts with us.

Luke 15:4-5 What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

Jesus uses a lost sheep to get the point across that God goes out after us to bring us back into that interactive relationship with Him. In Luke 15 Jesus goes on with an illustration of a lost coin to show how valuable we are to God Luke 15:8-10. In Luke 15:11-32 Jesus describes God’s intentional interaction like that of a father with two sons. Both needed a closer relationship with their father, but only one humbled himself enough to seek out a connection with his dad. Yet the father went out to engage each of his sons. God does seek intentional interactions with us!

But how do we respond? Do we just turn away? Do we act like our grandkids who get all excited and just want some intentional interaction? I know for me, I want to approach God with the heart like our grandkids have for Kristi and me. To be excited to interact with God, be it reading the Bible or a time in prayer, or in nature like Hume Lake, or at church. True, life is busy, but unless we take time or make time for some intentional interaction with God, we will miss out on the joy of His presence.

Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Psalms 63:1 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

What could you do to pursue some intentional interaction with God today? I’m sure He would be overjoyed and long for time with you. He would even be excited for you to talk to Him about your dinosaur collection!

Yes, church can be a great place to intentionally interact with God. If you don’t already have a church you regularly attend we would like to invite you to view or visit Neighborhood Church. Our website has all the information you need for times and locations of all our Sunday gatherings. We would love for you to join in. You can also find us online at neighborhoodchurch.com. As well, if you would like to view any of our past worship gatherings or videos, visit our YouTube channel, or just search Neighborhood Church Cypress or Neighborhood Church Los Alamitos on their YouTube site.

Seeking to have those intentional interactions with God along with you,

Mike