A Real Relationship with Christ
By Pastor Bernard
Did you know that consumers are purchasing fake handbags, watches, shoes and perfumes? The business of counterfeit goods is the largest underground industry in the world. Hundreds of billions of dollars are generated while draining the economy, putting lives in jeopardy, and subsidizing organized crime in the process. If you are not careful you will find out that the Air Jordan’s you just purchased will never fly in authenticity and the Coach hand bag that you now have in your possession is not a Coach but a Couch! Ouch!!!
Sales of counterfeit consumer goods (knock-offs in colloquial language) are said to be estimated at $12.8 billion annually.
How do you know if you are in a REAL relationship with Christ? A real relationship with Christ is paramount in order to produce the kind of change for productive living that leads to consistent sobriety. From a Christian world-view, Jesus Christ should enjoy his rightful leadership in our lives. When he leads you live but when we or any other person or thing has been elevated in our lives, we come to ruin.
I would like to submit to you that too many people are involved in a knock-off relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. They have what I call a P and P issue: their profession of faith does not parallel their practice.
Do you enjoy a REAL relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ? Here are 4 points to consider.
- Revelation– Has He revealed Himself to you by His truth and His Spirit?
- Experience– Have you experienced new birth and are you exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Meekness, Gentleness Self-control?
- Authority– Is He the Absolute authority in your life for direction and moral positions?
- Love– Do you demonstrate your love to the Lord by obeying His word?
Remember, with respect to one’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ: it’s got to be real!