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THE FINAL CUP

Chapter Three
ACQUAINTANCE

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And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him: for He was to pass that way.

[Luke 19:4]

THE GAMES WE PLAY

The second word that the Lord gave me was “acquaintance.” Webster’s dictionary defines acquaintance as a person whom one knows, but is not a particularly close friend. The woman who would eventually be my wife and I were not close friends—yet. With Webster’s definition understood, the Lord gave me another aspect of this word. In amongst all the amenities, are the games that we play to take the relationship to a higher level, to get to know them.

Acquaintance is the attention getting tactics that makes the other persons eye catch us once they have caught ours. Simply put, it is the things that we do to get the other’s attention. At this stage of a relationship we personally make that decision to become closer.

What has each of us done that the Lord’s eye would catch us? What have we done, to get His attention? Here’s some great news, John 15:16 says, Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you…

We have already caught His eye.

One thing for certain, she had caught my eye. However, now a dilemma presented itself to me. What could I possibly do that her eye would catch me? I was just a smart-alec kid who ran around with a rather rough crowd. I was not rich and could not offer much materially to someone who might also be looking to start a relationship or maybe even a family. Why should I start something that I could not finish? What about rejection? Worse yet, what if her eye had caught someone else?

Maybe what I was worrying about really wasn’t a dilemma. It had dawned on me that for someone to catch something, someone else had to have thrown it. Sometimes the ladies play the aloof game because of the challenge that it creates in the men’s competitive spirit. However, in all fairness, men also play games. We play the show-off and macho games to get the ladies attention. Alas, we do play the games, don’t we?

The only thing that I cared about was to know that woman. I did not have any relationship tools or skills. All I knew was that I liked what I saw. I know that this sounds superficial but hey, I am just trying to be honest here. Besides, I am only human and I was just eighteen years old at the time.

CHOOSE YE THIS DAY

In Paul’s day it was customary for the disciples to choose with whom they wanted to follow. However, in John 15:16 Jesus makes it clear that they did not choose Him, but He had chosen them. It is the same with us today because we are also disciples of Jesus Christ. Christ has chosen us. We’ve already caught Jesus’ eye [1].

In my own case, Jesus had caught my eye and I wanted to get His attention so I labored in many works like Martha. This was before I had learned that you couldn’t earn His grace. By doing anything, how can one get the attention of someone who has created a universe?

JESUS AND ZACCHAEUS

When someone catches your eye, the first thing we seem to do is to try and get their attention. The Bible is loaded with people trying to get not only another’s attention, but that of Christ’s as well. One such person was Zacchaeus. Do you remember the story on how he climbed the sycamore tree to get Christ’s attention [2]? Christ bid him to come down because He was going to his house. Zacchaeus came down out of the tree and fell prostrate before the Lord. We know this because the Bible says that, And Zacchaeus stood.

Although the position of the heart is tantamount, I can’t think of a better way to get Jesus’ attention than by being on our knees or in Zacchaeus’s case, prostrate. This was total submission to the Lord. The body goes where the heart takes it.

Every time that I went to church I watched everyone else serving God. What could I do for God? I loved Him just as much as they did. He’d done so much for me already. How could I have a relationship with Him when I had no relationship skills or tools? My feelings were that I had nothing to offer God.

When I first started my relationship with Jesus Christ, I was very excited but I was also naive. What should I study? There was so much to learn about God. I did not know how to pray nor did I know what scriptures to read. I didn’t know anything. How was I going to get God’s attention? Figuratively, there were no sycamore trees to climb.

JESUS AND US

Ultimately, we alone have to make a decision that we are going to take our relationship with Jesus Christ to a higher level. Just remember that the Lord loves us unconditionally. Jesus cannot love you anymore than He already does, no matter what level of the relationship you are in. It bears repeating that He loves you unconditionally. He does however expect us to grow. Is there anything we are willing to do to take our acquaintance with Jesus Christ to a higher level [3]?

What gets His attention is if we spend quality time with Him every day? How much time do we spend in His Word learning about Him and His will or about Him and His character? Evolving a relationship from the acquaintance stage to a higher level requires that we take the time and effort to get involved with that person. One added point: How much time do we spend with our spouse to get better acquainted?

After we get their attention and get acquainted, we move into the arena of friendship, which is the next word that the Holy Spirit gave me.

          

I hope that you have enjoyed this free taste of The Final Cup. To learn more, click on the above link that will direct you to the book store. May the Lord richly bless you.

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