Being a Christian is about “being in” Jesus. Put most plainly, you begin a life of “abiding” in Him and “remaining” in Him. What does that mean? It means you seek to grow into your relationship with Him by bringing your heart, soul, mind, and strength fully into the relationship (Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27).
Here are five ways we stay “in relationship” with Jesus Christ:
In relationship with other Christians
The church is people who have entered into a relationship with Jesus and therefore have been forgiven by Jesus and want to live for Jesus. Growing in a relationship with Jesus is helped by being in a church. It’s here in the church, with other believers, where we learn, grow, ask questions, serve, and seek and worship God together.
In God’s guidance by reading and learning the Bible
As you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ, you will begin to learn more about the Bible. The Bible is God’s Word, and it’s one of the most important ways that He has revealed Himself and His desire and design for life to us. The more you know the Bible, the more you will get to know God Himself.
In conversation with God through prayer
The purpose of prayer is the same as the purpose of other intentional conversations: to grow closer together in a meaningful relationship. This means prayer covers a wide number of topics. Prayer involves sharing ideas, listening, asking questions, asking for help, expressing so you can be understood, confessing and saying you are sorry, saying thank you, or just being together.
In taking action through serving
Taking action by serving, by caring, by stepping outward toward people is expressing the heart of God’s love to people, and it is also a significant way that you will grow in your own relationship with Jesus. Why? Because this is what Jesus did. Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10:45).
In expressing love for God through worship
Worship is our intentional expression of appreciation and gratitude and wonder to God. Worship can be done alone or in a stadium with thousands of others. It can take place in a church building or in a mountain meadow. Worship is your authentic and honest expression toward God.
To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, and called to be saints, with all those in every place who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.
1 Corinthians 1:2
Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
1 Thessalonians 5:17
Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth!