God Desires a Relationship with You
William Barclay once said, “Faith is not the intellectual acceptance of a body of doctrine; faith is faith in a person.” And he’s right – the Christian faith is not rooted in rules and religiosity. That’s how it’s often viewed from the outside, but God isn’t INTERESTED in what other people see. He looks at the heart. And He wants a personal relationship with His children.
Jesus’ disciple John QUOTES Jesus as saying, “I have come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) What God offers is an abundant life to all who believe.
When you accept Christ as your Savior, you begin a personal relationship with the God of the universe. That relationship is life giving. That’s true because:
1. The person through which it comes.
God is made up of three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Somehow, in ways that humans can’t really fully understand, God is all three simultaneously. In some ways it’s like how water can be manifested as liquid, gas, or solid. Even though it appears in three different forms, it’s all still water. Or how three separate lamps can combine to produce the light that fills an entire room. God the Father sent God the Son (Jesus Christ) to take on human form and come to live on earth. Jesus lived a perfect life. He taught people and performed miracles everywhere He went. He’s described in the Bible’s book of Hebrews (chapter 1) as our Creator, Sustainer, Savior, and Intercessor. He became fully man while still remaining fully God.
2. The price by which it was obtained.
God has always wanted a relationship with His children, His creation. From the beginning in the Garden of Eden, He walked with His people. But that relationship was severed when Adam and Eve sinned. Since then, sin has separated humankind from their Creator. When Jesus came to earth, it wasn’t primarily to teach or do miracles. His purpose here on earth was to die to atone for the sins of all humankind. Through His death and resurrection, He made a way for us to have a relationship with God again. Jesus died on the cross as a substitute for us, so that we could be near to God.
3. The privileges it bestows.
Jesus’ death and resurrection opened the door for us to connect with God and have eternal life, which deals with our future in Heaven. But right now, here on earth, our relationship with God provides other GIFTS. These include peace, love, joy, understanding, wisdom, grace, and fulfillment. God the Holy Spirit connects with us here and now, so we can sense and walk in His presence. He guides us through Scripture and prayer. He provides a way out for every temptation. He meets our needs and ushers us into the presence of the Father.
4. The prospects it presents.
God has a plan for your life. He prepared you for this purpose through YOUR GIFTS, personality, and desires. And He wants to lead you to achieve it. Once a person accepts God’s gift of Jesus’ sacrifice, he or she has the opportunity to travel on a path toward God’s purpose for living. Walking in the path He sets before us gives life meaning and purpose for both today and tomorrow. God always wants and provides the best for his children, regardless of the circumstances. So He can be trusted with the future.
Faith is often described as hope in what we cannot see. In this day and age, people don’t often see God in physical form. But we can trust in Him because of the fact of Jesus’ sacrifice in the past and the evidence of the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives today. Following God involves trusting in who He is. Once we step out in faith, we can discover and begin to experience the abundant life that He promises.
Continue to read the book of Luke, the third book of the New Testament. Many of us have heard pieces of the story of Jesus, but taking the time to read the entire story, as told by Luke, will increase your knowledge of who God really is. To stay on track to finish this week, read chapters 13-16. Or, for the sake of time, hone in on chapter 15 today.
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