Organic!

Organic Bananas

Over the course of time, the word “organic” has become a bit confused.  Apparently it’s so confused that we have to label fruit as “organic” to distinguish it from non-organic fruit.  Don’t jump all over me just yet, I get it, okay.  Some fruits, vegetables and other foods have preservatives and fillers added to help keep them more fresh, longer.  What’s interesting to me is our culture’s passion to get back to organic.

Organic is natural, fresh, simple, healthy, real.  It’s grassroots.  There’s nothing else added.

No preservatives.

No fillers.

No additives.

Nothing.  It’s simply organic, natural, fresh, simple, healthy.

Our lives are so cluttered with so many things, that we are in a desperate search to get back to what’s organic; simple and natural.  As a society, we are desperately craving less fillers and preservatives.  And as a follower of Christ, I am finding the same in my relationship with God.

Over time, I have added so many fillers and preservatives to my relationship with God.  And eventually, the relationship I truly have with God is simply a “preserved” image of the real thing.  It’s not a real, fresh, simple, natural or healthy relationship, it’s one filled with junk to make it appear better and to help it hopefully last a little longer.

And then it happens.  I wake up one day and it hits me…my relationship with God is superficial.  It’s simply covered up with fillers and preservatives.  It’s why I grow tense and uneasy.  It’s part of why I become angry and frustrated with life.  I try to go through life on the additives of a relationship with God, only to find that the real thing has alluded my grasp.  As a result, my life is chaotic and upsetting.  Little things bother me.  Things just don’t seem right.  Then I realize, it’s time to get back to God.  And not the god I like to create in my head, but the One, True God, who desires more than anything to know me and have a relationship with me.  But it’s going to require cutting out a few additives (Jeremiah 29:13).

I have to cut…

See, developing an organic relationship with God means cutting out all the additives and fillers.  It’s surrendering every fiber of my being and allowing God to lead and rule in every area of my life.  Without that, the only relationship I have with God is simply unnatural.  It’s full of extras that dilute the purity of the relationship God wants to have with me.  It means surrendering my will to God’s.  It means aligning myself with what He has revealed in Scripture, not trying to align God with my thoughts and feelings.  It even means surrendering all the “laws” of Christianity to God’s good, pleasing and perfect will.  It means finding the God who is alive and well beneath all the mega-church, post-modern, missional, traditional, denominational conversations out there.

I want to experience God in His purest form. I’m tired of the additives and fillers.  They only screw things up.

What do you think it looks like to have an “organic” relationship with God?

What would you add to the list?

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About Stan Rodda

Follower. Husband. Father. Shepherd. Apostle. Husker.

Posted on July 3, 2011, in bible, Church, God, Jesus, Life, organic, relationships, risk, sacrifice, the basics, the culture, worldview. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Not much more to add Stan. Good post. It is also good to see you and hear from you. Hope you have a fantastic weekend and a great 4th.

    • Thanks, Bill. Some days I’m unsure of whether or not to keep going. There are so many great writers and bloggers out there. Not sure who needs to hear from me. hahah Anyway, thanks for being a faithful reader and commenter. Peace.

  2. It will be easier for people to have organic relationships with God and others, if our churches are able to become more organic as well.

    Well written Stanley!

    • Thanks, Jon. I think our churches are in a similar situation. Trying to wade through our past to come to a better understanding of who we are and who God wants us to be. We are going through so many transitions and buzz words lately, it’s hard to keep up. And somewhere in the shuffle, I think we lose who we really are. And when the church doesn’t have a clear picture of who they are, it’s hard to disciple believers to help them see who God really is.

    • Hey Jon! You can find me just above you but I checked out your site wondering who you were. Was going to comment but couldn’t find a way to do so. I was interested in the cycling post. That is awesome that you had a chance to ride with Grover (whom I do not know of). As you can see by my avatar and name I am also a cyclist.

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