CPR = Close Personal Relationship with GOD
Had a meeting with Garrett and Ava this morning, and we were discussing how to develop a relationship with God, and I asked them, ‘What is the first and great commandment?” and they said, “Love the Lord with all your heart . . .” and the second, “love your neighbor as yourself.”
And I said, apparently never having thought of it before, “So how do you love the Lord with all your heart? How do you DO it?” And they said, “Develop a relationship with Him.”
And I said, “And how do you do that?” And they said, “Spend time with Him.”
We had already discussed how we develop relationships with other people: we spend time with them. Not necessarily because we have to, but often because we want to; we just can’t wait to get to spend time with them, talking to them, listening to them, sometimes nobody saying anything, just experiencing their presence.
Did you get that? If you want to develop a relationship with God, you have to spend time with Him. Sometimes, you reach a certain point in your life when being with God is like being with that special person that you’ve been thinking about falling in love with; that person who makes you feel like heaven, at least for a little while.
That’s what it means to ‘love the Lord with all your heart’. That’s when we really begin to develop a Close Personal Relationship with God.