Your relationship with Christ.
Some people call it ‘religion’. Many of us who live and walk in The Kingdom of God here and now, walking by faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, call it RELATIONSHIP.
When asked about your faith, religion, church, beliefs . . . what is your response?
Is it, “Oh, I never talk about religion, it’s a private matter.”
Is it, “I believe in God! I pray, I give to charity, I’m a good person.”
Is it, “That is too personal – it is between me and God – it is not the business of anyone else what I believe or how I worship.”
Is it, “I’ve always been a Christian – go to church every Sunday!”
The list could go on and on. We have all found people with various opinions on God, faith, The Bible, Church – and some people, who profess to be Christians, still refuse to talk about their own faith walk.
My question to them (to us) is . . . as a Christian, a true believer in Jesus Christ . . . how can you NOT share your faith? How can you NOT share what Christ has done in your life?
If we keep our faith to ourselves, how can others hear about hope in God? How can they KNOW that He is there, that He cares for every aspect of their lives? How can we bring them the message of His Gospel – the Good News that He IS alive and active in our life, and desires to share their life as well?
“Well, people can just ‘see’ that I’m a Christian.” True, but sometimes they can’t. I mean, every one of us has a bad day from time to time; a moment where the old flesh arises and we may say or do something that is NOT a reflection of Jesus. We may quickly repent and seek God’s forgiveness (and whomever else we need to) but the damage has been done. Those watching us have observed that behavior or heard those words.
Faith, my friends, comes by ‘hearing’. How can they hear if they never hear us declare who Jesus is and the changes He has brought about in our lives. THEN they can observe – believe me – they are! What they observe is (should be) the confirmation of our declaration of faith in Him!
Complete surrender, Lord, is how I want to live my life. Wholly surrendered, in every area, family, health, finances, faith, areas of ministry – every single thing, Lord – without You – they all mean nothing – I am nothing. From the depths of my being I cry out, “Abba” and let tell You how very much I love you. And, Lord, help me to always BOLDLY speak of my faith – let me be silent no longer, in Jesus Name, amen.
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