Have you ever heard religious people talk about making Jesus their personal Lord and Savior? We all know that when you become a Christian, Jesus becomes our Savior and our Lord. But why do they stress the word “personal”? Is there something we’re missing here? Let’s take a look at that today.
How can you tell if it’s personal?
Have you ever had someone say something that aggravated you? Perhaps they insulted your favorite football team. Perhaps they contradict you on politics. Perhaps they spoke ill of your family. Perhaps they even insulted you. How did that make you feel? Mad? Upset? Why would that be? It’s because those things are all personal to us. Our family means a lot to us. To some, college football is their life and to insult their team is to insult them. If someone insults you, does it not hurt? Is there something that gets you bent out of shape? You know those things are personal.
Do you feel the same way when someone uses the Lord’s name in vain? Or when someone speaks of the earth being here for billions of years (contrary to the Biblical record)? Does it really bother you when people twist the Word of God around and lie about what it teaches?
If someone trashing you football team bothers you more than someone trashing the Bible, then something is wrong. Your relationship with Christ is not personal.
Do you have a friend that you would always stand up for? Perhaps someone you’ve known for a long time and would do anything for? If someone called them stupid, or went so far as to even hit them, would you stand up for this friend? Christ should be your best friend. If you are not willing to stand up for Christ as He’s insulted, you do not have a personal relationship with Him.
You know the words of the song:
There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus, No not one, No not one!
There’s not an hour that he is not near us, No not one, No not one!
Jesus knows all about our struggles, he will guide till the day is done!
That’s personal! We need to make sure our relationship with Christ is personal.
That is what we will cover over the next few days.