Christianity: A Relationship with Jesus Christ
by Hugh Houchin 3/12/2012 / Christian Living
Did Jesus Christ call and now that you're a Believer are you trying to cultivate a relationship with Him, but don't feel you're making any progress? If so, the problem is the relationship you seek is already there, and you're trying to cultivate a relationship He's already developed. You see, a relationship with Jesus Christ is part of the foundation of being a Believer, but it doesn't emanate from you; it emanates from His empty tomb.
The consequence of sin is death and Jesus' death on the cross is the result of the sins of mankind. However, three days after His death He arose from the dead and the outcome of His resurrection is an empty tomb. Because His tomb is empty, those He calls to believe in Him will have victory over death from sin, just as He did.
Because He is the Son of God, achieved victory over death from sin, and called you to believe in Him, He establishes a relationship with you that never changes and is eternally secure. The foundation of this relationship is that you are born again, which secures you everlasting life in heaven.
On the other hand, though, you are responsible for your daily walk with Jesus, i.e. your continued companionship and familiarity with Him, and that can change from time to time. It changes, even though you're born again, because you still have a sin nature that prompts you to sin. However, even though sin in your life affects your daily walk with Him, it does not affect the basic relationship He has with you; that relationship remains secure because of His empty tomb.
When it comes to your relationship with Jesus, bask in it, enjoy it, secure in the knowledge you will someday experience Him as He really is. In contrast concentrate on your daily walk, which is obedience, because that you can control. If you're not sure in what areas He wants more obedience from you, ask Him; He promises to give you wisdom, but at the same time He expects you to respond in a positive way to what He tells you.
Hugh Houchin is retired, but enjoys fulltime freelance writing. His publishing credits include articles and columns in western Nebraska newspapers and numerous websites.