Tuesday, August 30, 2011

One of Many or Your One and Only

Image this scene with me. You're sitting in a romantic restaurant with the one you love as you discuss your relationship.  You each say how much you love each other, but then he/she makes this statement.  "You know I really think you're great and I love spending time with you, but I want to be able to see other people."  Would you be okay with that kind of relationship?  

Some people have this type of relationship with Jesus.  They love him, but don't want the relationship to be exclusive.  When their relationship with Jesus begins to hurt their other relationships, fans will leave.  You see, Jesus isn't their one and only, He's just one of many.

We may think that we are being faithful in our relationship with Jesus, but these four questions will help us determine where our allegiance really lies.  

For what do you sacrifice your money?
Is it easy to give your money to the stores but hard to give it to the church?  Many times we spend our money in an attempt to buy happiness, but there is no satisfaction apart from Jesus.

When you hurt, where do you go for comfort?
Do you run to food, family, work, or your spouse?  It's okay to seek comfort from our spouse and family, that's what God intended.  But we shouldn't run to people or things before we run to Jesus.

What disappoints or frustrates you the most?
The feeling of being overwhelmed or disappointed may reveal an area where you have placed too much importance.  If this disappointment ruins your day, it has too much hold on your life. 

Was is it that really gets you excited?
Is it money, success, spouse, looks, new clothes?  Do you find yourself talking more about the winning team or Jesus?  God won't share your affection.

Never worship them or serve them,
because I, the LORD your God, 
am a God who does not tolerate rivals.
Deuteronomy 5:9

Is Jesus your One and Only or just one of many?

Many blessings,

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9 comments:

  1. Lisa - all i can say is....ouch -ouch -ouch and ouch again. I am printing this out and using it with my quiet time tonight. Thank you
    God bless
    Tracy

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  2. Wow. Powerful. I want to have an exclusive relationship with Him. We are either hot or cold. He does not want us luke warm. Great post.

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  3. He is my one and only but sometimes I think He's my one of many which is NOT good but we're working on that. I want more than anything for it to be just me and Jesus everything else doesn't even matter He's my one and only no matter what! Great post!

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  4. Oh, so convicting! I feel like I'm juggling each of those questions trying to be intentional about keeping Christ ahead of all those feelings and temptations... it's an effort, but so worth it because I want Him to be my One and only! Great post!

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  5. I'm with Tracy, OUCH! God want's an exclusive relationship with us. Thank you for this challenge. Will now need to take that X back out from Tracy's post today and eXamine my heart. :)

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  6. This reminds me of the series I have been watching, Fan or Follower. I try to be a follower but know I am falling short. This is something I am working on daily. I continue to turn to him and I even have no problem asking for reminders or help as I transition into being only in a relationship with him. Lately I have been so thankful that I have been turning to him first and then my husband. I hope that my relationship and loyalty to the Lord only grows day by day as I want to be a true follower and not just a fan!

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  7. Convicting questions Lisa, but absolutely on-target! We need to make sure that God is our first choice, not "one of the crowd" in our lives.

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  8. Clearly, I can relate to this -- it's all about idolatry, really.

    For me, getting my worth from people/activities is where I most struggle. For I know, but still need to live, as though I get all my worth from Jesus.

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