Praise the Lord everybody. If you are saved or if you have been around Christians you have heard about the importance of having a relationship with Jesus Christ. You may ask yourself “how do you have a relationship with God? Why would God take time out from His busy schedule to spend time with me?” First, we must define a relationship.
The Dictionary states that Relationship: means, 1. the condition or fact of being related; connection or association.
2. Connection by blood or marriage; or kinship.
3. A particular type of connection existing between people related to or having dealings with each other: has a close relationship with his siblings.
4. A romantic or sexual involvement.
Let us look at numbers 2 and 3; these are the two that come closest to describing the relationship we should have with God.
First of all having religion does not mean you have a relationship with God. See Matthew 7:21 – 23 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Religious works and/or ceremony do not equal relationship. First, we must be covered and washed in the blood of Jesus before we can even be recognized by God. A real Intimate personal relationship with God starts with accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior and then a strong prayer life. How much time you spend with God in your prayer closet is an important factor. Jesus prayed every chance He Got. See Matthew 26:37-39. We must realize that God wants to fellowship with us see Genesis 3:8 and John :16+17, we are his creation.
The number one benefit of being in right relationship with God is it comes with a gift, and that gift is salvation from our sins, allowing us to have everlasting life in His presence. Without this we would die in our sin and spend eternity in Hell. Romans 6:22, 23 states 22 but now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
When we are in a relationship with God we not only receive the gift of eternal life but He gives us the power to live a Christ-like selfless life and a helper to lead us on our journey. See John 14:26.
Being in a right relationship as opposed to being on the outs with God is the most important thing a man can do for his eternal security and for his family. David said in Psalms 37: 23-25 23 the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
The benefits of a relationship with Jesus are too many to count, this is just a little something to get your attention,
God Bless You All, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall