As we approach the New Year, many in our culture have a tradition of making resolutions. We make a list of things that we hope to do better or ways in which we hope to improve ourselves. We resolve to lose weight, go back to school, read that book we always meant to read, exercise more and host of other things. As we approach this New Year however, I hope you will consider one thing more.
As we enter this New Year, I hope you will join me in deepening our relationship with Jesus. That may be a new idea for some, you may not really grasp what I am trying to say, and that’s okay, I’ll explain. Jesus desires to be friends with us at the deepest levels of our heart, he is said to be the friend that sticks closer than a brother and we are, in fact, adopted as brothers and sisters of Jesus. Too often, our relationship with Jesus looks more like that of a casual acquaintance. We know who they are, we recognize them on the street and we nod and wave when we see them. The problem is that Jesus wants more than that. Jesus wants us to know him, really know him so that we can be “closer than a brother.”
How well do you know your best friend? You spend time with them. You spend a lot of time with them. You can finish each other’s sentences. You know what food they like, what makes them happy, or sad, or angry. Without calling them to ask, you can often tell others just what they will think about a certain subject or how they will react to a particular situation. Jesus wants us to know him like that. He doesn’t just want us to know who he is in the way we know a casual acquaintance, but he wants us to have a real, deep, meaningful relationship with him.
But how do we do that? Obviously, building a relationship like that isn’t something that happens overnight. You didn’t get to know all about your best friend in a single day, a month, or even a year but spent time, regularly, building your friendship together. Building your relationship with Jesus will be the same. It will take time and it will take some commitment. This year I hope that you will join me in making a commitment to building and deepening your relationship with Jesus. Spend time in church but also make time to pray, to read the Bible, or attend a Bible study. Do any or all of these things, do something more than you have done before, and you will begin to know Jesus better.
Jesus wants to be more than the acquaintance that you wave at in church once a week.
He wants more.
He wants your relationship to go deeper.
Will you join me in this grand adventure?