How to have to personal relationship with Jesus
What does it mean to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Because God is a spirit, the idea of having a personal relationship with him is sometimes a difficult concept for people to grasp.
So to make it easier, let’s start by considering the relationship a man would have with his wife.
Does he never speak to his wife? Does he ignore her? Does he pretend she’s not there? On the contrary, he does speak to her. Every day he sits down with her and asks her how her day was. They talk to one another because they are genuinely interested in each other.
After spending a few minutes talking to his wife, does the man suddenly jump up from the couch saying, “OK, I’ve completed that chore for today. I talked to my wife. Now I’m going to go do something fun.”? No, he does not. His wife is a priority and he treats her as a friend.
In exactly the same way, Jesus is your best friend. He speaks to you through prayer, the Bible, and the Spirit filled Christians you associate with. You’ll do well keeping in mind that a relationship with Jesus is exactly like one you would have with a person. Think about the emotional connection you have with a person you have a relationship with and then desire to have an emotional connection with Jesus.
In Christianity, we often find that it’s easy to allow our relationship with Jesus to settle into a routine of tasks that are checked off when completed. Bible study becomes nothing more than time spent reading a book. Prayer time becomes nothing more than recited words and church becomes no more valuable then a trip to the gas station.
It’s easy to fall into a routine, so watch out. One of the best ways to keep your relationship with Jesus strong is to associate, on a regular basis, with people who have more spiritual wisdom than you do. Become friends with some spiritually wise people and hang out with them often. You’ll find these people at your church and you’ll recognize them by what comes out of their mouth, and by their actions.
A burning log pulled from a fire will quickly die down and go out. Placed back into the fire with the other logs and it will quickly reignite into a hot flame. Having a relationship with Jesus is exactly the same. It’s hard to keep the fire burning when you’re all alone.
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