Relevance - the quality or state of being closely connected or appropriate.
There is no doubt that when in active addiction, homelessness or quarantine that we can feel we are not relevant. Folks who have been fighting for decades to be recognized, to have rights like others also do not feel relevant outside their own communities.
But have you ever thought that though he does not need our approval to be God, and does not need us to make the plans that he has, he is constantly seeking for us to make his relevance present in our lives, primarily because we are so distracted by the speed of life. We are going so fast, so hi-tech that he has become an afterthought, like when we are at rock bottom, our bank account is overdrawn and our phone is lost. Then we seek his help.
In the Old Testament in one of the 10 Commandments he says "Thou shall have no other gods before me". In other words, he wants to be the most relevant thing in our lives. Everything else eventually becomes irrelevant if we ignore this fact. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the father except through me."
Making him relevant gives us direction, understanding of truth, and life that has abundance in purpose. Isn't that what we strive for? We work so hard to make it happen, and often we find ourselves treading water, stuck in the mire, because we have made many other gods before him and we are disconnected from THE power source.
I love Psalm 40, it is full of the ups and downs of life. "I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire. He set my feet on a solid rock and steadied me as I walked along."
For those of us who have been at rock bottom, that's a rock of relevance, that's God! He can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.