Develop A Relationship With Christ That Will Empower Whatever You Do In Life and Life Purpose

Develop a Relationship With Christ


Intoduction of Develop a Relationship With Christ 

If you don’t think you have time for another friend, think again! You need Jesus in your life every day! You need a relationship with Him and you need His empowerment for daily living and life purpose. If you think you can live God’s will and His plan for your life with Jesus, then you haven’t taken up His cross and followed Him.

He will bless you with God’s love, His authority and power in His Name and He will give you rest when you can go no farther on your own.  

Sadly, it seems that for some Christians, He is no more than a mere mythical character who doesn’t really exist.  Every Christian needs to identify with Jesus in order to get the full measure of who we are as believers.

Develop a Relationship With Christ Part 1

1 Timothy 3:16 says that God was manifested in the flesh (Jesus Christ).  Jesus tells us throughout the scriptures that if we know Him then we know the Father. They are the same, yet they have different functions. We go to the Father, through His Son Jesus Christ.  We receive everything from God through His Son, including salvation.  And when we pray, we pray to the Father in the Name of Jesus Christ.

With all the blessings we have in Jesus, we also have Him as a Friend, yet some Christians don’t realize that they can reach out and develop a relationship with Christ.  Jesus died on the cross for us to have eternal life and to receive abundant life. He is indeed our friend through His sacrifice for our well-being in this life and to have eternal life. But we need to establish a relationship with Christ first.

Jesus is not a Star Wars hero or a comic book Super Hero who is out to save the world with a secret identity.  Jesus is about saving the World, but He wants us to know who He is so that we can receive salvation and become like Him.  When we receive our Salvation through Jesus Christ we have to accept Him first with our hearts and then confess that He is the Lord of our lives or we will never be saved.

Jesus can’t force anyone to be His friend because we have a free will. We must be pro-active with God in order to receive the blessings we have in Christ.

How To Develop a Relationship With Christ

John 15:13, Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  What more could you ever ask of a friend than to have them give their life for you. This is what Jesus did for you and me because He accepted us as His friends.

Jesus continues to say in John 15:14-15, Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Jesus tells us in verse 14 how to be His friend.  If we do what He commands then we are His friends.  It’s that simple. We have the choice to be His friend.  At the time Jesus spoke those words He was speaking to His disciples, preparing them for what was to come – when He would lay down His life for His friends on the cross.  Today we are His disciples so those same words that Jesus spoke then, belong to us now.  We are His friend and can develop a relationship with Christ at any time we decide to follow Him. 

Living our life purpose fully can only happen if we make Jesus our friend. We must develop a relationship with Him for daily living and to vividly share Him with others. Our Christian testimony is most effective when we share directly from our relationship with Christ.

How Do We Do What Jesus Commands?

Jesus makes a clear path for us to follow Him in John 15:1-12.

The Vine and the Branches John 15:1-12

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

Jesus clarifies for us how we can be His friend and make Him the Lord of our lives at the same time. If you do what He says, you will bear much fruit or be very productive in your service to God and in your life.  Becoming a friend of Jesus makes our lives the best they can become and He explains why.

He tells us in verse 4 that He abides in us, so as believers we are never without Him, even if we don’t have a relationship with Him.  He also makes the point clear that we choose to be His friend by “remaining in Him, as He remains in us. This implies that we have a choice to remain in Him. So we have to make that choice.

If we abide in Jesus we will bear much fruit, and as verse 7 says, we can ask whatever we desire, and it will be done for us that our joy will be complete.  However, it also says that His Words must remain in us.  This instruction explains how to abide in Christ and be his friend. Our relationship with Christ gives us the benefit of asking God for anything in His name with the assurance of receiving it.

Jesus Is The Word

Jesus is the Word of God (the Bible).  If we put God’s Word within our hearts by reading it, speaking it and acting upon it we are abiding in Him. Allowing God’s Word to abide in us and living it is the same as developing a relationship with Christ.  Read John 1:1-8 and John 1:15-18 which confirms that Jesus and God are the same and that they are the Word.

And finally in John 15:9–12 we learn Jesus commands that we remain in His love if we obey what He says.  We must love one another as He loves us.

In conclusion of Part 1 of this post, if you establish a relationship with Christ you can ask whatever you desire in Jesus’ name and our Heavenly Father will give it to you.  You can become a friend of Jesus if you choose to abide in Him.  The way you abide in Him is by obeying Jesus’ commandment to love others as He loves you.   When you love others in this way, it is a fulfillment of the New Testament law according to Jesus in John 15:12.

Practice abiding in Jesus and you will discover your best life with all of your needs and desires fulfilled to overflowing.

Discovering Life Purpose Through a Deep Connection with Christ

In a world filled with endless choices and distractions, finding our life’s purpose can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. However, the key to unlocking the door to our true calling lies not in external factors, but in establishing a profound and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

In Part 2 of this blog post, we will examine the significance of nurturing a deep connection with Christ for discovering and fulfilling our life’s purpose. Let’s look at 4 important points of discovery through scripture passages and reflections to enlighten and empower you to embark on a transformative journey of spiritual growth for your life’s purpose.

1. The Foundation of Relationship:

As you’ve learned, to establish a meaningful relationship with Christ, we must first understand His teachings and principles. In John 15:4, Jesus said, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”

Like a branch connected to a vine, our souls are nourished and flourish when we remain in close communion with Him. By immersing ourselves in His truth and teachings, we lay the groundwork for fulfilling our life’s purpose.

2. Discovering True Identity:

Knowing Christ allows us to discover our true identity and purpose. Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

As we develop a deep connection with Christ, He reveals to us our unique gifts, talents, and passions. Through this understanding, we begin to comprehend how we can contribute to the world in a meaningful and purposeful way.

3. Transformed by Faith:

A close relationship with Christ transforms us from within. As we allow Him to work in our lives, we begin to align our desires and goals with His perfect will. Romans 12:2 encourages us, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God.”

In surrendering our will to Him through Christian mind renewal, and by seeking His guidance, we can navigate life’s uncertainties with clarity and purpose.

4. The Power of Examples:

Look at the lives of Christian persons you know who are living their purpose in Christ. Examine their lives and personal journey of Christian growth and life purpose discovery and development. Look at how their lives vividly illustrate how a deep connection with Christ guided them towards a meaningful life.

Looking at true-life examples helps us to see the transformative power of faith in action. Whether it be stories of individuals overcoming personal struggles, finding forgiveness, or experiencing miraculous blessings, these accounts inspire and encourage us on our own spiritual journey.

Conclusion:

Establishing a profound and intimate relationship with Christ is the key to discovering and fulfilling our life’s purpose. Nurturing this connection allows us to unearth our true identity, aligning our desires and goals with His perfect will for our lives. With Christ as our guide, we are empowered to make a lasting impact on the world around us and play our part in furthering His Kingdom. As we reflect upon our own spiritual journey, may we find inspiration and courage to undertake the transformative path towards a purpose-driven life with Christ by our side.

 

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