Monday, September 19, 2011

Relationship Defined

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!  Matthew 7:21-23
There are three questions we need to ask ourselves after reading this passage:

Does the way I live my life reflect to God and to others what I say I believe?  In other words, does my "say" equal my "do"?  James 2:14-16 tells us that our actions should show the change taking place in our hearts.  

Do I believe I am on the right road just because of what I have done?  Good deeds alone are not enough.  In the above passage, Jesus was saying that acts without relationship are meaningless. 

Do I know Jesus and does He know me?  How can we expect to spend eternity with someone we don't know?  The ultimate question is this:  Do I love Jesus Christ and does my life reflect that?

Jesus wants completely committed followers.  He doesn't believe in moderation; it's all or nothing with Him.

Continuing my list with Ann and others at A Holy Experience:

276.  Beautiful fall weather
277.  Rainy Sunday afternoons - perfect for napping
278.  Fun time at the arcade with my husband and son
279.  Sleeping through the night, two nights in a row
280.  Hubby back to work - God just keeps blessing
281.  New clothes
282.  Fun shopping with my daughter
283.  New Bible study with my sweet sisters
284.  Getting to use my fireplace for the first time
285.  Quiet evenings with husband and son working on models
286.  IHOP pancakes - yum!
287.  Watching my husband grow in his role as Pastor
288.  Playing Scrabble with friends I have never met
289.  Great online Parallel Bible

Many blessings,

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  1. "Do I love Jesus Christ and does my life reflect that?" It boils down to that, doesn't it? Love playing Scrabble with you too! And I love IHOP (or any) pancakes!

  2. Amen to that! This is what all of life boils down to.

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  3. Challenging questions but they cut to the truth - do I follow Jesus with both feet? Yes!

  4. I love this perspective, "Jesus was saying that acts without relationship are meaningless." Faith is dead without action and vice versa. Great reminder to make sure we are the real thing! I am pretty sure I was persecuted last week by people who are those crying Lord Lord, and Jesus is saying "I never knew you."

  5. I love this picture! In church leadership meetings we have talked about being Jesus with skin on. We want people to just look at us and see Christ.

    Great list! I am thankful for:

    1) Food not being ruined when freezer and ice box gave out.
    2) An extra ice box in the basement, even though it leaks.
    3) Being forced to rethink if I really want that snack before walking all the way to the basement for the ice box.
    4) New Bible study with sweet sisters.
    5) New faces at church.
    6) Fellowship with church families.
    7) Husband willing and able to work and work available for him.
    8) Relaxing at home on a Sunday afternoon.

  6. Lisa,
    This morning it was 68 degrees when I took my son to school Fall is certainly in the air.
    Then yesterday, I, too, took a nap while it rained here in North Texas. We SO needed the rain!
    Thankful you've slept through the night and for your husband's job/ God is good!
    Have a wonderful afternoon...

  7. Loved this. It brought to mind one of my favorite quotes:
    “A woman’s heart should be so hidden in Christ, that a man should have to seek Him first to find her.” Maya Angelou

    To be so hidden in Christ that all the world can see is HIM~

    By the way, I LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! the picture you chose for this post. I would love to hang it on my wall!


  8. I am a work in progress and for that I know he is proud.My list is on my blog!

  9. Great post! I believe I'm on the right road because of what He did and I'm so happy to just be on it :)Living a life that reflects God is what I'm hope I'm doing... I tend to think it could always be better. And I know Him and I am glad He knows me too!

    #276 and 277... amen, me too. I have insomnia right now due to medication, so I hear you on #279... praying for sleep tonight :) Praising Him for #278, 280,282 and 285. That's so cool that you're playing scrabble with sweet online friends, how fun! Checking out the parallel bible and YES to pancakes! Blessings!

  10. Great reminder! No moderation with Him!

  11. Great encouragement Lisa! We all need to be sure that we not only focus our faith in worship, but also to live our lives as extensions of that belief.

    Great list!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  12. Hi Lisa - great post and great questions. I'm going to copy and paste it to reflect on it later.
    God bless