Today, I am starting a series of studies which I will call REALationships. In this world where relationships are defined by selfish desires and ambitions, could you really find REAL relationships that will last a lifetime? What is a relationship and why does it matter?
Be with me in this journey of discovering what relationships mean not in an intellectual level, but in a Spiritual and Emotional one as well. As a social worker, I deal with relationships all the time.. but I just want to step back and see the picture.. How do I really deal with REALationships in my life?
REALationship with GOD – PART 1
So, for PART 1.. Here’s a conversation I had with God just an hour ago.
BACK TO BASICS
What is my relationship with God? How am I connected to Him? Who is He in my life?
WHO IS JESUS?
I could read all the books about Him. I can search Him at Google. I can read the Bible from cover to cover… Would I know Him? Maybe.. in an intellectual level.
Who is Jesus and how am I related to Him? What did he do? Why should I be a Christian? Does that matter?
I was praying that time. I started to answer those questions. They were Basic and fundamental Christian truths. These truths spell out that JESUS is the Son of GOD.. the same God who made the heavens and the Earth.. the God who created me after His own image. Christianity says that Jesus is the one who took our place to die so we will not be given judgement in hell..
Then, a question whispered in my heart..
“Who do you say I am?” – He says.
He asked that to Peter. He is asking me that.
“Who do you say I am?” There it goes again..
I know God does not need an intellectual answer. My intellect with all its achievements was no match for His knowledge and wisdom.
So I told Him in all honesty..
“You have been my best friend. My greatest comforter. My Savior. My provider. My Lifegiver. You have been the answer when I don’t understand and when I had tons of questions. You have been the one who promised me a lot of things and made it into completion. You never left me.. never forsook me..”
“Who do you say I am?” The question came another time.
I knew he was asking me to examine who He was in my life. More than the beautified answers you give your churchmates or people you meet. He was asking for a deeper meaning. So I answered…
“You have been the One who saved me from depression, self-doubt, low self-esteem and emotional turmoil. You were the one who redeemed me and restored my family. You took me out of my shell and showed how wonderful I am despite of how I looked and with all my insecurities. You gave me friends who loved me and helped me. You provided for me when it seems like I cannot fulfill my goals. You have been and continue to be my SAVIOR. the giver of abundant LIFE – life at its fullest.”
“Who do you say I am?” He inquired for a third time.
Yes, He has done a lot of things for me. He was many things to me. But, he was asking me something more. He was asking me if I really knew Him. Who do you say I am, he says it again.. so I told Him plainly.
“I say that You are the Son of God whom He gave to redeem this fallen world (john 3:16).. You are Love in its truest form (I John 4:8). You are LORD. Romans 10:9.”
“Feed My Sheep.” He concluded.
I knew I had to pay the price. I knew He was asking for much more. Luke 19:8-20 explained it all.
Luke 9:18-20 is a powerful message for it was able to capture an important truth to each of us believers.
At this point in time where the world has fallen into a corrupt state, we need to really keep in tune with God and His calling for us. Many people have a lot to say about who Jesus is.. Some say He is a good man. Some use his name to curse. Some say he was just a prophet. Some say He didn’t even exist.
As a Christian (a follower of Jesus Christ), how do you view Jesus? Peter said in Luke 9:20 “You are the Messiah, sent from God.” (NLT).
Messiah (Hebrew) and Christ (Greek) means the ANOINTED ONE.
according to http://www.hebrew4christians.com:
Messiah is Mashiach which is a Hebrew word that “comes from the verb Mashach which means to smear or anoint with oil, usually for the purpose of dedication or consecrating something (such as a temple vessel) or someone (such as a prophet, priest or king) for the service of Adonai.” They further expressed that “the person (or thing) anointed by God was called mashiach – an ‘anointed one’ or ‘chosen one.'”
JESUS is the MESSIAH. The chosen ONE who will take away the sins of the world forever by dying on the cross so we may be connected once again to GOD. JESUS is Lord. JESUS is God in the flesh.
The Price of TRULY BELIEVING
When Peter answered Jesus’ question of who Peter thinks He is… He followed it up with what the price of believing Him as the Messiah meant..
It means carrying up your CROSS DAILY. Dying so you might live.
Luke 9:23 (NLT)
Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily and follow me.”
Luke 9:24 (NLT)
If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.
Luke 9:26 (NLT)
If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels.
Do you know Jesus? Are you experiencing persecution – physical or social? THEN, take heart! Jesus knew you would go through all that. But be assured that HE knows. He lives. He will wipe away every tear from your face. So do not be ashamed. take up your cross. Follow HIM.