Monday, 16 February 2015

The True God

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. Matthew 22:37-38

The True God
             A healthy faith focuses on God, His son Jesus and the
Holy Spirit. Some people would argue what about people of other faiths do they not worship God too? How can we as Christians say that our ‘faith’ is correct and theirs is not true? We love our brothers and sisters who have faith in God it is only when we understand their practise of faith that we wonder why there are differences.  In Acts 4:12 Peter says of Jesus Christ, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” But do we as Christians believe this? Jesus is the way we find salvation? “This truth as it is written eliminates the possibility that Jesus might be some vague manifestation of an impersonal God. It eliminates the possibility that he could be classified merely as a good and wise man who walked the face of the earth and loved people. It shows that Jesus is either the true God on whom we must focus or he was a colossal fraud.”
            John 5:23-24—He who does not honour the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Truly I say to you he who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment but has passed out of death into life.” To have a rue relationship with God, you must have a relationship with Jesus, his Son.
            Jesus walked this earth and his focus was to have people not just doing good things but truly focusing on God. Many at the time were pointing to the rules but Jesus pointed to a God who wanted a relationship with his people. Jesus focused on the Lawgiver who knew hearts and offered grace. A healthy growing faith is always focused on the person of God himself. This faith begins and ends in God  and Jesus is at the core. We will stril try to feel good by all the good deeds we do or we can love God fully. The true God we follow is God who first loved us.

Is Jesus Christ whom you follow and love because He is God’s Son? How do you explain to others about your faith in Jesus? Is Jesus the only way to God? How do you live out this in your daily living? Does it matter to you whether other people of other faiths do not know Jesus? What is your life’s focus-- To do good or to love God?

Holy God it is through Jesus that we learn about your unconditional love for us. It is through Jesus that we learn how to love others. And it is through faith in you that we may grow in relationship. Show us again your love as we grow closer to you.  Amen.

This reflection is based upon ideas of by Stephen Arterburn and Jack Felton More Jesus Less Religion: Moving from Rules to Relationship. Colorado Springs, Co: Waterbrook Press,2000.     Chapter 3

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