And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
John 8:31-32 (NKJV)
We have all seen different types of switches. We use some switches to turn lights on and then turn them off when we leave the room or are finished with our work. While the power that makes the light work is always available, the power is not put into use until the switch is turned on by someone who wants to have some light. We don't really think about whether or not the light will work for us because we always expect the power for the light to be there. But what if the power was not available? How would we know until we turn on the switch? If we can be sure that the power for the light is always available, then we can be confident that the light will always work for us.
Our relationship with God, our faith in His Word, and the Word of God itself are intended for full-time use, not just when we think we are ready for them. We cannot just turn our relationship with God and His Word on and off when it is convenient for us. Jesus said to be His disciple we need to abide, to live, in His Word. Often we have the idea that because God is all powerful and God is always present we can just flip the switch, so to speak, and things will work the way we want them to. If we have this mentality, then we are putting all the emphasis on God and His part in our life but we are ignoring our part in our relationship with Him and our being a doer of His Word.
While it is certainly true that the Christian life is not based on our works and we do not earn any of the blessings of God it is also true that God is not a vending machine that we put our money into when we want something to come out. God and His Word in our life is not just something that is meant for our convenience but for a daily walk and relationship with Him. As we spend time growing in our relationship with God and living a life that is focused on Him, that is when all the things we need are added to us (Matthew 6:33). We must have a lifestyle of Christianity and not just a life of running to God when we have some type of problem that needs to be solved.