What did Jesus Christ die for?
Some may say, he died for my sins, others because he loves me, we have a lot of reasons. My answer, Christ died to implement a new order. He died for the remission of our sins yes, but also that we can establish a closer relationship with the father, restoring us back to God’s original intent. When Adam sin he fell from the grace, he fell from a close relationship with God. Jesus is the restorer! The more we get to know Jesus and be imitators of him, the closer we get to the heart of God. We get to know Jesus through God’s word, allow the word to wash us,change our mindset, the way we think and treat others. Honestly I rather say that I have a relationship with Christ then identify myself with religion.
The outward versus the inward
Religion imposes a lot of human rules that can be overwhelming, allowing us to be men pleasers and lose who we really should please. Showing and giving light to the outward and not the inward what God really sees. Matthew 23:27-28 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.” This verse in itself can be harsh but Matthew 23 clearly highlights Jesus’s feelings about the appearance of Godliness and actually being Like Christ.
What does God desire of me?
Mark 7 delve a bit into traditions versus pursuing the heart of God. Mark 7:5-8 (NIV) “So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?” He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “ ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.” This scripture hits me everytime as I can sense Jesus emotions here in his response, he wants us to seek after the heart of God and follow his principles. It’s time to let the holy spirit replace our church programs forget the traditions of men! We are so caught up in what we want that we don’t seek after with God desires just because we love him, not because we want others to have an opinion of us.
Today when persons ask me what religion I belong to, I sometimes take an offense literally, because asking this questions means that they are trying to identify me with traditions, to see what I believe about the outward man. My answer is, I serve the true and living God, I am an ambassador of Christ. I belong to God. Get to know the word of God for yourself don’t just settle with what is taught to you submit to the teaching of God and develop your relationship with him, that’s his heart’s desire.
Living and developing a relationship with Christ.
- Associate yourself with a bible teaching church and with people that can build you up and help in your relationship with Jesus.
- We think that when we come to Christ that everything will fall in place. It can, but only through our willingness to submit to the teachings of Christ (forgetting self and the opinions of others) will living a life for him be easy.
- Get to know the word of God. Read Read Read, I can’t stress this enough, God’s word holds the secrets to living a happy and abundant life. See John 14 (NIV) this chapter demonstrates Jesus as the way to the father.
- Pray and talk to God. I tell God everything even when I don’t trust myself in a particular situation. When you develop your communication with him you get to know his voice. My sheep hear my voice…(John 10: 27-30).
- Worship, Worship, Worship.
- Live the word of God out loud, to do this we practice what we learn. Allowing the word of God to governs how we react, how we talk, what we believe and how we pray… Everything.
- Exercise your authority. Death and life is in the power of the tongue, you can demolish every high thing. Knowing the Word give you that authority. Christ is the word!
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