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Is it time for a DTR?

October 6, 2008

If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

--John 12:26

This is a good day for you to have a spiritual DTR—Defining The Relationship—with Christ. In fact, I believe every person who calls themselves a Christian should take stock and evaluate where they are with Jesus Christ on a regular basis.

Jesus is constantly calling us to commitment and to define our relationship with Him. He wants to know, as He often said, “Are you with Me or are you against Me? Are we really a thing or do you just date Me on Sundays? Am I just a friend with benefits or do we really have something that’s real, something that’s relational and something that’s forever?”
So many people treat God as though He is a distant relative rather than a vital part of life. But Jesus refuses to let us get away with that in our relationship with Him!

You know, when people in the Bible came face-to-face with Jesus they didn’t walk away the same people. They were dramatically transformed… for good or for bad. Some received Him, some rejected Him, but every one who came in contact with Christ was powerfully impacted by Him.

The Bible tells us of a rich young ruler who had a DTR with Jesus when Jesus called him to follow Him fully (Matthew 19). But that man went away sorrowfully, rejecting Christ because He couldn’t handle the commitment.

So what about you? Is it time that you had a DTR with Jesus Christ? 

Just like Jesus asked the disciples after He fed the multitudes in John chapter 6, He’s asking you, “Are you with Me? Are you willing to walk with me every day of the week… not just on Sundays?”

It’s my prayer that you will define your relationship with Jesus Christ today… that you will commit your love and life to His Lordship, His will, and His ways.


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