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Defining the Relationship

1 Peter 1:13-16

Verse 15 But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do

Yesterday we ended our time together by asking three questions and today we will discuss the first of those questions: What is my relationship with Christ?

This question seems so easy to answer on the surface of it but this is a much deeper question than just surface. There is an understanding in the church of today that as long as we call ourselves Christians that our walk with Christ is a given. But like any relationship of value we can’t just let it pass as that. We need to take some time and think about what is the truth of our relationship with Him.

Modern relationship books call this a Defining the Relationship moment. This is something we should do regularly in our Christian walk. It is so easy to become complacent in our walk of faith. We get busy and allow other things to crowd out our quiet time with God, always promising ourselves that we will get to it later but later never comes. Even for those in leadership this is a struggle. In fact one author says in his book to pastors that it is one of the easiest pitfalls to find themselves, as people just assume that a pastor spends more time in the Word and in prayer because that is his job. This in no way excuses those not in the pastorate to be slack in their own relationship with God. In fact it shows how we can’t try to build a relationship with God solely on the relationship of another, because we never really know how strong that relationship is. Leaders are human after all.

As Christians it is easy to think we are good Christians because we go to church on Sunday and maybe some even pride themselves in going twice on a Sunday but the truth is that it is Monday through Saturday that truly shows what our relationship with Christ is. It is how often we intentionally turn to Him in relationship building.

Let’s take some time for an honest relationship evaluation. We will take our time thinking through these questions to make sure we give the true answer from the deep places of our hearts. On a scale from 1-5 (1=never; 5=always) answer these questions. Do you have a daily personal quiet time with God that includes reading the Bible and praying? Given the opportunity to meet with a close friend for coffee or tea do you make time to go? If having to choose between your favorite TV show and alone time with God, do you choose time with God? After thinking over and answering these questions, using the same scale, how would you rate your relationship with God?

Making It Personal

Did your answers to the above questions change your opinion of how you think about your relationship with God? Do you think you have changes that need to be made? Can you see how the status of your relationship with God could affect your Sabbath praise?

Making It Personal Kids

What does a relationship with God look like? Is God your friend? Do you want to make Him your best friend?

Closing Prayer

Father, forgive us for not being as devoted to You as we should be. Please convict us of the things in our lives that hinder our relationship with You so that we can address them. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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