I was listening to a friend share the other day and he said something that caught my attention. He mentioned that he wasn’t born into a Christian family but his mom had found Jesus when he was in High School. He mentioned that she took her faith seriously but that she never tried to force her faith on him, instead he remembers feeling like she wanted to introduce him to her best friend, whose name was Jesus.
She never offended or pushed, she simply lived in relationship and offered her children the same opportunity.
I actually got choked up as he shared and found myself flooded with a sense of the Holy Spirit.
When was the last time I called Jesus friend? Have I been living as if He is my best friend? The reality of this truth made me DESPERATE for others around me to have that relationship.
We were created for relationship, with God and others and this truth is the foundation of what it means to share our faith on to others, and particularly our children.
Jesus came to bring us ABUNDANT life, which to me is an overflowing of joy and relationship. (John 10:10)
Too often we are so afraid that we are doing something wrong, or that we have somehow disappointed God that we lose sight of the only real way for fulfillment and for us to pass the gift of our faith onto others.
In the abundant life Jesus offers is PERFECT love, which can only be found in PERFECT relationship. In that place where we know love and know relationship with God through His spirit, there is no room for fear, only trust and joy. (1 John 4:18)
We don’t share our story to earn points with God, or because we are afraid of what will happen if we don’t. We share because what we have is so real that no other relationship on earth can compare. No other faith can offer a vibrant, real and personal relationship with our creator whose Holy Spirit leads us to feel what it means to call Him and know Him as Abba, Father and Daddy.
May your relationship with God bring life to you today, may you see the world again for the first time and see others through God’s eyes – as His children that He longs to be in relationship with and may your life be filled with the abundance that God promises.
This relationship is the foundation of your faith – and of your legacy for the faith of your children.