In today’s day and age there is a huge push inside of Christianity, and that is to form a relationship with Christ. The word “religion” and all the different dominations are being pushed aside, and being replaced with a relationship with God. I fell in love with this idea many years ago, when I first heard it, and have been following the bandwagon every since. From a marketing stand point it’s a great idea, people are much more likely to follow God because they want to, instead of the idea that they have to follow a set of rules because we are told to. But in today’s world, do we really want to call our unity with Christ a relationship, or is it more than that?
Relationships are about feelings. We live in the world were they are constantly broken because one or the other “isn’t feeling it anymore.” Marriage is no longer a permanent unity between a man and a woman. Divorce rates are at 41%! And that’s just the first marriage, after that the percentage keeps getting higher! They aren’t being taken seriously anymore, the notion “till death do us part” is being replaced with “until we no longer have interest with one another.” Marriages are being viewed no more seriously than a relationship.
Defined in a dictionary, a relationship is a “behavior or feelings toward somebody else.” Unfortunately our feelings change on a regulatory biases. Doesn’t our bondage to Christ deserve to be called more than just a feeling? Feelings go up and down, they have their highs and their lows. Christ deserves more than that! He is the man who humiliated himself, died on a cross, and paid the penalty that we deserve! To say and believe the thought “I have a relationship with Christ” is truly in understatement to what we should have. To say we have a relationship with Christ is saying “I’m only with Him when I feel like it.”
To me, He’s more than a relationship, He’s a commitment. He’s a marriage in its original form. He’s someone I am eternally bonded to. Till death do us part. It doesn’t matter if we are ‘feeling’ Christ today, it doesn’t matter if you are in a ‘God mood’ and it doesn’t matter if you are feeling ‘spiritually high’ today. When we say those words, we allow ourselves also to say today I’m not ‘feeling’ Christ, today I’m not in a ‘God mood’ and today I’m not ‘spiritually high.’ We allow ourselves to use our feelings as an excuse to not be a disciple for Christ. When we follow our feelings we pick and choose which days we want to His disciple and which days we don’t. When Jesus died on the cross, He wasn’t ‘feeling’ it. He prayed all night that the Lord take away His burden, but He did it anyways because He was committed to us!
It’s more than just a relationship, it’s more than just a feeling, it is a commitment to Christ, it’s a commitment to serve Him, to do what’s right, to be a leader, and so on. We have to stop ourselves into using our feelings as an excuse to not serve our Father. It’s a commitment, serve Him always! Make your ‘relationship’ with Christ a commitment, a true marriage!
Say these words out loud and reflect upon them and what they mean in terms of you and God:
“I, _______, take you, God, for my eternal partner, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part.
My commitment to Christ is this: Lord I am going to try my hardest at all times to serve you! I will at all times seek you! Good day, or bad day, I will give my thanks to you! Just because I am not feeling you today, will not be an excuse to put you aside, it will be a reason to work harder for you! This is my dedication to you, you are my life!
- The Value of Unity in Christ (covenantfamilyaffairs.wordpress.com)
- A New Reality (achristianmeditation.wordpress.com)
- Let us unite under the name of Christ and find fresh unity among all believers (bummyla.wordpress.com)