When you think of religion, what comes to your mindÃ¢â‚¬â€a set of rules,Ã‚Â regulations and obligations or a deep, intimate relationship with God?
I like to consider myself someone who has a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. I believe He died so we could have a living, vital relationship with God, not just a bunch of rules and regulations weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re forced to follow.
Yes, there are certain guidelines God wants us to follow, but His purpose in giving them is to protect us from the consequences of sin.
When we have a real relationship with God through Christ, life gets exciting because He stirs up a passion inside us to love peopleÃ¢â‚¬â€and we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to struggle to do the things He calls us to do. It just happens naturally.
God Is Not Mad At You
If thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one thing people need to hear over and over again, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s this: God loves you. God is not impressed with your works at all. What He cares about is your heart.
I believe the greatest thing God wants to hear from us is, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I love You, Lord. Thank You for everything YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve done in my life. I want to do whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right. Keep teaching me.Ã¢â‚¬Â
New Creature, New Features
Ã¢â‚¬Å“LegallyÃ¢â‚¬Â you become a Christian when you make the decision to receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour. And after you receive Him, God begins to change you into a brand-new creation.
We shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be making up religious rules to live by, like having to read our Bible every single day; nor should we do whatever we want to because we know weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re goingÃ‚Â to heaven when we die.
Christianity is about living a vibrant, exciting life in Christ, and it goes hand in hand with developing a personal relationship with Him. Jesus wants us to be in love with Him.
Know What Really Matters
Sure, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good to dress nicely when we go to church. But the bottom line is, we shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be so focused on our outward appearance that we lose sight of our main goal: developing a close, personal relationship with God.
Living Your Life With God
God wants to be involved in everything we do. He wants us to fellowship with Him, which means communicating with Him throughout our day just like we do with someone whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s our close friend or family member.
Knowing God loves us, loving Him, spending time with Him, and being grateful for what HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s done and is doing in our lives can help us have a real relationship with Him.