What comes to mind when you hear the word relationship?
Family. I think of this past weekend when I was able to meet up with my cousins to go surfing. I think of my mom and dad coming down to San Diego spending time and money to move me into my new place. I think of camping in Yosemite.
Friends. I think of all the friends I have met all over the world. I think of hiking to the top of a mountain in the Philippines in a monsoon with my friend by my side the whole time. I think of traveling to Colorado to see a dear friend, camping, hiking, and sharing our hearts with one another. I think of training for a triathlon, swimming in the bay side by side.
But most importantly I think of Jesus. I think of sitting in a storage closet in Cambodia and Jesus being with me. I think of walking through the Red Light District and Jesus being with me. I think of God creating the ocean for me to enjoy. I think of Jesus not only being my best friend, but also the lover of my soul.
Jesus wants to have a relationship with us. He wants to be the one we go to when we are having a hard day. He wants to be the one we laugh with. He wants to be the one to hike a mountain with us.
Let’s get rid of this idea of religion and focus on the relationship. Religion is law; relationship is love. It’s all about love with Jesus. He doesn’t care if you recite a prayer correctly, or go to church every Sunday. He doesn’t tell us to do something and THEN we will receive his love. There is no ultimatum. Jesus already paid the price. We don’t have to earn his love. We need to open up our hands and receive it.
He wants a relationship with you. When you are in a relationship with someone you want to spend time with them, right? That’s what Jesus wants with you.
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.“ Psalm 139: 7-10
“For great is your love towards me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.” Psalm 86:13
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
What does your relationship with Jesus look like?
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