January 28, 2017
A God-Centered Relationship
"Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. They will know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the LORD their God." Exodus 29:45-46
What god but the living God says to humans, "I will dwell among" you. Other gods are so far removed from creation that man spends his life in a futile effort to somehow work his way to the deity. But God says, "I'll come to you. I want you to know Me. I want you to know how much I love you. I want you to know the things I do for you. I want to live among you." Amazing!
Religions of the world focus on man working his way to God. But Christianity is not a man-centered religion. It is a God-centered relationship. Religion is all about man. Christianity is all about God. A personal relationship with the living God is initiated by God the Father, made possible by God the Son and enabled by God the Holy Spirit. Amazing!
God so loved the world that He sent His Son. Jesus, fully-God and fully-man, died on the cross as the penalty for our sin. When we trust in the Son, the Father accredits Christ's righteousness to us and declares us "not guilty." God the Spirit takes up residence in us and enables us to live a life that pleases God. Life with God is amazing! What are you waiting for?
Father, for anyone reading this who does not know Jesus as their Savior, please bring them to Yourself today. Show them their sin and separation from You. Show them the utter futility of trying to be good enough for You. Let them see Your amazing promise that You will take up residence in Your people and will never leave. In Jesus' name. Amen.