Many times we hear people say “It’s not about religion, it’s about relationship” and we (Katy & I) completely agree. The relationship we have with the Trinity creates the life we live. These relationship’s mold us into who we were created to be from the foundation of the world. These relationships are the building blocks for every other relationship we have, whether the relationship is with our parents, spouse, children, co-workers, grand children, grand parents, employers, employees, friends, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, or acquaintances the healthier our relationship is with Our Father, the Spirit, and our Husband the better these relationships become. These relationships also impact every other relationship we have, whether the relationship is with our health (mental and physical) or our finances. The security of the relationship with our triune God impacts it.
“God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:26-27 NKJV
Everyone is a child of God, everyone is His masterpiece created in the image and likeliness of the Trinity. We all have times in our life when we are like the prodigal son or the older brother. However, the relationship God desires to have with us isn’t the one the older son has with Him, rather the relationship He desires is like the one He has with the wayward son who ran wild, got broken, and the father still ran to embrace him and then lavished him with love, favor, and kindness. God wants to lavish us all, celebrate our victories, and lift us up in His embrace when we stub our toe. The Father, our creator, is all Love. We are all brides of Christ, we are his treasured spouse who he wants to pamper, protect, and celebrate with. Jesus will never divorce us. We are his Ruth whom he saved from the torment of darkness. Jesus, like our Father, will never turn down our requests and always gives us more than we ever ask for. The Spirit is alive in all of us. She nurtures us, builds us up, and treats us with love, favor, and kindness. She will never leave or forsake us. She will never abandon us. She lives in us and just like Jesus and our Father she will never turn down our requests and always gives us more than we ever ask for.
What I think about when I hear people say “It’s not about religion, it’s about relationship” is I agree…but I am not sure if I agree with them. Meaning if they think we have to earn God’s Love, favor, or kindness then we aren’t talking about the same type of relationship. The love we get from God is unconditional, never wavering, and supernatural. This is good news! We would never be happy if our spouse told us we needed to clean up to spend time with them. We wouldn’t be sure our Father loved us if he told us we needed to plant our face in the dirt or get on our knees and beg for his love and attention. We wouldn’t be living in peace and joy with the Spirit if we thought she was yelling at us every time we thought we messed up.
God is LOVE (see 1John 4:8) and Jesus is the truth (see 14:6) God is patient and kind. God is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. He does not demand his own way. He is not irritable, and He keeps no record of being wronged. He does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever Jesus wins out. He never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. … (see 1Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT) This is the relationship we have with the Trinity.
“This is my conviction; no threat whether it be in death or life; be it angelic beings, demon powers or political principalities, nothing known to us at this time, or even in the unknown future; no dimension of any calculation in time or space, nor any device yet to be invented, has what it takes to separate us from the LOVE OF GOD demonstrated in Christ. Jesus is our ultimate authority.” Romans 8:38-39 MBT
The type of relationship we have with the Trinity will immerse our entire life. Knowing we are His and He is ours without conditions is being baptized in the assurance of the Good News. It changes everything. This touch from God’s supernatural Love, and, when it resonates in our hearts, it will flow like rivers of living water everywhere we go. We begin to see people more like God sees them. We begin to see we are worthy of great things. Living in the freedom we have in Christ removes all fear and stabilizes the foundation of the Grace we live in.
The Apostle John painted the picture so beautifully. “And thus we have come to know and believe the love that God has unveiled within us. God is love; love is who God is; to live in this place of conscious, constant love, is to live immersed in God and to feel perfectly at home in his indwelling. So now, with us awakening to our full inclusion in this love union, everything is perfect! Its completeness is not compromised in contradiction. Our confident conversation echoes this fellowship even in the face of crisis; because as he is, so are we in this world -our lives are mirrored in him. Fear cannot co-exist in this love realm. The perfect love union that we are talking about expels fear. Fear holds on to an expectation of crisis and judgment [which brings separation] and interprets it as due punishment [a form of karma!] It echoes torment and only registers in someone who does not realize the completeness of their love union.” 1 John 4:16-18 MBT
When we see ourselves participating in the worship that envelops us, The Father, Son, and Spirit, we begin to naturally rest in His other centered love. The other centered love is not just for all of our relationships and interactions with other people, but also it’s His other centered Love penetrating our hearts for ourselves. Once we see ourselves loved and participate in the oneness of who we are in Christ, we begin to live and walk out the scripture “as He is in this world so am I”. What seems impossible and unnatural becomes naturally supernatural. All this with the change of perspective. When thinking of relationship vs religion a good question to ask yourself is: “Am I trying to seek and find Him? Am I praying my way up to Him? Am I living in a constant state of feeling like it’s a never ending game of hide and go seek, or peek-a-boo?
If any of those questions are a yes, I would ask you to have a heart conversation about those answers. In going into your heart the most beautiful unity will begin to happen with the trinity that is the author and finisher, the sustainer of life. The wilderness is Eden because “as He is so are we”. When our hearts share in this and we begin to echo His life more abundant that He has given to all of humanity, everything begins to come into the fullness of who we are. You are beautifully sealed in the Trinity. You have the ability to dance, dance, dance, and celebrate. He has overcome the world….meaning any religious system or action that the world would say needs to be done to get to God, He has conquered it!
We are excited that your eyes of understanding are being opened to the masterpiece that you are. His light is the Life of men. Through His majestic Love you were created perfect, holy and loved. The manifestation of sons and daughters is relationship with the oneness that echoes in each and every person on earth. That is the beautiful gift we have been given.You are perfect just the way you are! You are worthy, righteous, and loved. You can ask your Papa for anything and He will give it to you so that your joy may be full. (See John 16:23-24)
Be blessed by the unity of His life and yours. Assured that God doesn’t make mistakes. You were created out of Love.
Love and Blessings,
Kurt and Katy
- MBT: Mirror Bible Translation
- NKJV: New King James Version