Let me cut to the chase and answer the question of today’s meditation. The answer is: No.
Beware of making a personal relationship with Jesus the point. The “point” is having a personal surrender to Jesus and then building your relationship with him from there.
To many people want to “domesticate” Jesus—trying to have a cozy and comfy relationship with him that is chock for of problem solving, pain alleviation, happy moments and fun things to do.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Jesus is into discipleship.
- Stop what you’re doing and come follow me.
- Sell all you have, give to the poor, and come follow me.
- Pick up your cross and follow me.
- Wear my yoke
- Carry my burden
- Do my will
There’s nothing that will cultivate a personal relationship like sharing a yoke and a burden. There’s nothing that contributes to making you brothers like carrying crosses together—mingling your blood and sweat together as you march up Calvary’s hill.
Dear friend, I am not trying to be a killjoy. It is one of the oddities of our faith: A day of “cross-bearing” with Jesus is better than the best the world has to offer.
When you surrender unconditionally to Jesus it is almost laughable to talk about sacrificing something or someone in order to follow Jesus. Jesus is the supreme gift and prize of Heaven; nothing compares to knowing him and having his friendship—but to receive this supreme gift and prize of Heaven full and unconditional surrender has to come first and then comes the “personal relationship.”
- The ONE THING for today: Your personal relationship with Jesus Christ will be no better than your level of surrender to his will.
John 3:36 (NLT)
36 And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.