An important question, is it not?
We have established through a few posts and especially Friday nights, that we do not have to do certain things to earn God’s favor. We do not have to try harder, perform better, and do more to please God. We please God when we trust in Him and His son, Jesus Christ. When we trust in Jesus and his work on the cross, God looks at us through Jesus and only sees perfection. Once that happens, you cannot become any more perfect in God’s eyes. In technical terms, this is called being justified.
Now. This question aims at a different stage, so to speak, in your Christian life. This question deals with how you get to know Jesus, how to build your relationship with him, and how to experience Him in your daily life. They are things you do, but it is because you want to know the God who rescued you from the domain of darkness and transferred you into the kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased your freedom and forgave you your sins (Colossians 1:14). Once you realize the magnitude of this truth, all you want to do is learn about this impeccable hero who saved your life.
Wow, the gospel is so great!!! I didn’t do anything to be saved; God did it all!
This sort of reaction to the grace (being given something we don’t deserve) lavished on us leads us to want to know Jesus more and more and more. Everyday!!
Ok. I get it. How do I though get to know Jesus already??
Here we learn about something established by the early Church; the Church formed and described in the book of Acts.
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to the prayers” Acts 2:42
Here we see four things listed. Before I briefly describe each one and finish up this post, I have to say this as a disclaimer. This does not guarantee you will God immediately right away. This is a process and something you will do the rest of your life.
- The apostles’ teaching. What is it? Its the bible. Its reading it, spending time in it, thinking about it, studying it, and reading other books about it. The bible is the source and foundation of the Christian faith. We are called to read it. When we do, we will draw closer to Jesus.
- To the fellowship: Translation– hanging out with other Christians. Youth group is a great place to start. Church is another on Sundays. At school, outside of school, to lunch, to the beach, to the bowling alley; these are all great places to get to know fellow Christians and learn more about Jesus through them.
- To the breaking of bread. What’s that? Am I not eating enough bread? This refers to communion. Communion is something usually done at Church, in prayer meetings, or small groups during the week. Communion is an extremely important part of the Church. At 360 we hold communion on the first weekend of each month. It is taking bread and wine (grape juice generally), and celebrating and remembering Jesus. It is a proclamation of what Jesus has done on the cross and what He has accomplished. We should rejoice during communion!
- To the prayers: Even people who don’t believe in Jesus, do this one. Praying is just talking to God. It is expressing your concerns to him; it is making appeals to God on behalf of your friends, family members, and church members; it is seeking wisdom from God for a particular situation. It is thanking Him for sending Jesus to die on a cross. Praying is just like you would talk to a close friend about all that you are going through in life. God wants to hear you pray, He is jealous for you to talk to Him.
So thats it. Here’s a promise from James, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” 4:8