A Genuine Relationship with Christ

“That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; II by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead" Phil.3:10-11.

The goal of every Christian should be to know Christ and to be like Him. As someone has wisely pointed out, "One of the most dangerous forms of human error is forgetting what one is trying to achieve”. That is why it is very important to be clear and focused at all times on what we are after or else one can easily get


Christianity is definitely not a religion of rules and rituals that we must work at keeping in order to climb the ladder to heaven. Rather, it is a personal, growing relationship with the risen and living Lord Jesus Christ that results in our growing conformity to Him. Our goal is to know Him and to become like Him. But one thing is certain: If you are truly a Christian, you should know Jesus Christ personally. You don't just know about Him; you know Him, so that you can say like Paul that He is "Christ Jesus my Lord.", personalizing it to yourself. But it begins with making up your mind and allowing yourself to discover Him.

Like any relationship, when you meet someone once, that does not necessarily turn into a relationship. For a relationship to occur, you must cultivate that relationship. For instance, If you meet a girl of your dream, but then never saw her again, you won't have a relationship with her. You must invest your time, getting to know one another through conversation and shared experiences. You learn about her history, her family, her likes and dislikes, her hopes for the future, etc. If you do something to offend her, you ask for her forgiveness and learn to work through difficulties in a harmonious way. That way, you get to know the person on a personal level. It is the same in seeking a personal relationship with Christ. It requires cultivation and it requires investing your time in prayer and bible study.

Knowing who our heavenly Father is, was ultimate in the heart of Jesus when He prayed this prayer for His disciples which includes you today: In John 17:3 "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent". Christianity is primarily a growing relationship with the infinite God who has revealed Himself through the Lord Jesus Christ. 2Cor. 5:18 "For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. And He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation".

Thus, we come to know God through Jesus Christ, and we come to know Him through His Word which tells us of Him. The Old Testament points ahead to Christ; the New Testament tells us of His life, His death for our sins, and His resurrection and present reign in heaven. It also tells us of His coming again and future kingdom. It expounds on His teaching and reveals His will for His people. We can never know Him fully because He is infinite and we are finite. But we can know Him definitely as Savior and Lord. We must spend our lives focused on that great goal, "to know Him and to enjoy a genuine relationship with him." But it won't happen if you are not committed to becoming a man or woman of the Word.

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