And He said unto them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" - Mark 16:15

Thursday, March 4, 2010

What is relationship?

Hmmm...let's see here. We are surrounded in relationships, right? So this should be easy.

Here is a definition: 

re·la·tion·ship [ri-ley-shuhn-ship]
1.a connection, association, or involvement.
2.connection between persons by blood or by marriage. emotional or other connection between people: the relationship between teachers and students.
4.a sexual involvement; affair.

Here is another definition:

re·la·tion·ship (rĭ-lā'shən-shĭp')
1.The condition or fact of being related; connection or association.
2.Connection by blood or marriage; kinship.
3.A particular type of connection existing between people related to or having dealings with each other: 4.Romantic or sexual involvement.

So this is something we already knew, right? I think we forget something though. Our relationship with Jesus. Is this (above) the definition of OUR relationship with Jesus? Or do we claim to be something that we are not? Do we have a connection to Jesus? Are we involved with Him?

Take an earthly relationship. "Husband/wife" relationship. We are connected. We are involved. We love eachother. We speak regularly to eachother. We don't do anything to one another that would hurt feelings or make angry. We are not dishonest. We depend on eachother. We trust eachother. We think of them before ourselves. What if we didn't speak to our husbands or wives? Our relationship would crumble and eventually it would be gone. What if we did things that we knew would hurt eachother? How stable would our relationship be? What would happen to a relationship where one put himself before the other? This would not last long either.

Now. Do we have a relationship with Jesus? Do we treat our husbands better than we treat Jesus? Do we speak more to our husbands/wives/kids/parents more than we speak to Jesus? Do we put Jesus' wants before our own - or do we selfishly put OUR wants BEFORE Jesus? Do we depend on Him and trust Him? Do we live the way He told us to live? Or do we live the way WE WANT to?

Do we care enough to read the bible to find out what HE wants from us? Do we talk to Him in prayer every single day? Are we 'doers' of The Word? Do we KNOW HIM?

It bothers me to hear people throw out the word 'Christian' like it is just a lable. Like when you fill out a survey or application. Check the box that says you are 'white/caucasion' or 'african american' or 'christian'. I also think people just assume they are Christian because they "believe in God".

Christianity is a relationship with God and His son Jesus!! If the lawenforcers came to your house and arrested you for being a Christian - and then your day in court came. If you stood in front of the judge - would there be evidence of you being a Christian? Or would the judge throw out the case - because there was NO EVIDENCE of your 'so-called' "Christianity"?

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