Develop A Relationship With Christ That Will Empower Whatever You Do
If you don’t think you have time for another friend, think again! You need Jesus in your life every day. He will bless you with God’s love, His authority and power in His Name and He will give you rest when you can go no farther on your own. Sadly, it seems that for some Christians, He is no more than a mere mythical character who doesn’t really exist, or at least not for the.. Every Christian needs to identify with Jesus in order to get the full measure of who we are as believers.
1 Timothy 3:16 says that God was manifested in the flesh (Jesus Christ). Jesus tells us throughout the scriptures that if we know Him then we know the Father. They are the same, yet they have different functions. We go to the Father, through His Son Jesus Christ. We receive everything from God through His Son, including salvation. And when we pray, we pray to the Father in the Name of Jesus Christ. With all the blessings we have in Jesus, we also have Him as a Friend, yet Christians won’t reach out and develop a relationship with Christ. Without Jesus dying on the cross on our behalf, we wouldn’t have the Holy Spirit to guide, encourage us and show us things to come.
Jesus is not a Star Wars hero or a comic book Super Hero who is out to save the world with a secret identity. Jesus is about saving the World, but He wants us to know who He is so that we can receive salvation and become like Him. When we receive our Salvation through Jesus Christ we have to accept Him first with our hearts and then confess that He is the Lord of our lives or we will never be saved. We have to accept Jesus because He cannot force us to be saved. Remember, we have a free will, so we must be pro-active with God in order to receive the blessings we have in Jesus because of His sacrifice on the cross. We need to establish a relationship with Christ in order to take advantage of everything He died on the cross for us to have.
DEVELOPING A RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST
John 15:13 (NIV)
13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. What more could you ever ask of a friend than to have them give their life for you. This is what Jesus did for you and me because He accepted us as His friends. Jesus continues to say in John 15:14, 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
Jesus tells us in verse 14 how to be His friend. If we do what He commands then we are His friends. It’s that simple. We have the choice to be His friend. At the time Jesus spoke those words He was speaking to His disciples, preparing them for what was to come – when He would lay down His life for His friends on the cross. Today we are His disciples so those same words that Jesus spoke then, belong to us now. We are His friend and can develop a relationship with Christ at any time we decide to follow Him.
HOW DO WE DO WHAT JESUS COMMANDS?
Before we can develop a relationship with Christ we must do what He commands. We can’t do that unless we know what He wants us to do. So let’s back up a little and read John 15:1-12.
The Vine and the Branches
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Jesus clarifies for us how we can be His friend and make Him the Lord of our lives at the same time. If you do what He says, you will bear much fruit or be very productive in your service to God and in your life. Becoming a friend of Jesus makes our lives the best they can become and He explains why.
He tells us in verse 4 that He abides in us, so we are never without Him, even if we don’t have a relationship with Him. He also makes the point clear that we choose to be His friend by “remaining in Him, as He remains in us. This implies that we have a choice to remain in Him. So we have to make that choice.
If we abide in Jesus we will bear much fruit, and as verse 7 says, we can ask whatever we desire, and it will be done for us that our joy will be complete. However, it also says that His Words must remain in us. This instruction explains how to abide in Christ and be his friend. Our relationship with Christ gives us the benefit of asking God for anything in His name with the assurance of receiving it.
Jesus is the Word of God (the Bible). If we put God’s Word within our hearts by reading it, speaking it and acting upon it we are abiding in Him. Allowing God’s Word to abide in us and living it is the same as developing a relationship with Christ. Read John 1:1-8 and John 1:15-18 which confirms that Jesus and God are the same and that they are the Word.
And finally in John 15:9–12 we learn Jesus commands that we remain in His love if we keep His commands. We must love one another as He loves us.
In conclusion, if you establish a relationship with Christ you can ask whatever you desire in Jesus’ name and our Heavenly will give it to you. You can become a friend of Jesus if you choose to abide in Him. The way you abide in Him is by obeying Jesus’ commandment to love others as He loves you. When you love others in this way, it is a fulfillment of the New Testament law according to Jesus in John 15:12.
Practice abiding in Jesus and you will discover your best life with all of your needs and desires fulfilled to overflowing.
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