BE SURE! 2-21-2016

posted Feb 22, 2016, 9:01 AM by Dale Barnes

The reality of a relationship with God is a gift, given freely by God to everyone who trusts and calls to him. Jesus said, “...whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (Jn.4:14 NIV) The confirmation of this gift is reality of this life moving in our lives. “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do his good pleasure.”(Phil.2:13) It comes as a gift!

The apostle Peter tells us, “Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2Pet.1:10-11 NIV)  Peter encourages us to grow in our relationship with God. Add to our faith; goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love.  This matures and strengthens our relationship with Christ. This life that we receive from God now, by the work of the Holy Spirit, is a foretaste, a down payment of the real and rich life that is to come throughout all eternity.   .  

Remember, it is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  He made it possible because of his death on the cross. He paid the penalty for our many sins, and therefore opened the way for us to know and live with God forever. We become adopted children of God through faith in Christ.

Don’t be satisfied with a set of church rules, your name on a church register or religious rituals that you accomplish.  Our real calling is to know Christ. Experience him in a growing relationship.  “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” (Ja.4:8 NIV)