If you've had small children, you may be familiar with the term parallel playing. Toddlers don't know how to play together, so they will often parallel play. In other words, they may both be playing dolls or trucks, but not together, just side-by-side like parallel lines. As children get older they learn the fine art of sharing, interaction and playing together. This comes with maturity.
Our relationships with God can be parallel as well, especially without spiritual maturity. It is easy for me to slip into a parallel relationship with God, without interaction. If I am doing devotions every day, but not making time for prayer and mediation, I am not interacting with God. I'm working along side, but not with God. It is easy to get confused. I am doing godly things, but I am just paralleling God, not interacting with him or following his will and his way.
The opposite of parallel is perpendicular. That is lines intersecting at a right angle. It looks like a "T" or a cross. A Cross. Jesus died on the cross for us, so that we could have a relationship with God. But how can we live in the right angle at the intersection. How can we live right? Another term for the same concept (one line hitting another at 90 degrees) is called normal. I know I'm not normal with God. (I'm not normal to a lot of people). *smile*
We need to be straight with God. He should be ahead of us, leading and guiding. We should be following. As a recovering control freak, it's easy for me to try to get parallel with God. I need to take a step back, literally and figuratively, and start interacting with God to make sure my actions are responses to his will, not my own.
So are you parallel or perpendicular today? How can you become normal by God's standards, which are out of line with the world's? It takes a Ruler (and not the 12" kind). Our Ruler is the King of kings and Lord of Lords. When we have the Ruler, we can calculate the changes we need to make in our lives to get "square" with God. Then we'll be straight and right.
Psalm 99:4 -- The King is mighty, he loves justice— you have established equity; in Jacob you have done what is just and right.
Psalm 27:11 -- Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.
Revelation 17:14 -- They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.
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