The One: Experience Jesus Week One

The One: Experience Jesus | Introduction

We all go through times of wondering what our purpose in life is and how we can connect that purpose with our dreams, gifts and talents. We ask ‘what did God have in mind when He created me, and what it is that really makes me come alive?’

Photo by Morgan Phillips

Photo by Morgan Phillips

We are living in a time where motivations are increasingly going beyond a monthly pay check. We want to live for something greater, to do something of significance that impacts others, but what is it? In the Word of God, it says that we get dreams, gifts, and talents that are to be used for the building of His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. But focusing on our strengths to give us a sense of self worth and purpose will come to nothing if we’re not connected to The One, Jesus Christ.

In John 15:5 it says “I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you abide in Me and I in you, you will bear great fruit. Without Me, you will accomplish nothing” These days it’s hard to stay connected to Jesus by giving Him quality time, there are things to be done and gifts to be used. We can justify it all by saying “I’m building His kingdom”. But Jesus also said “People honor me with their lips, but their hearts are nowhere near me.” (Matthew 15:8). Being a Christian is actually more about the One we’re connected to, because out of the relationship we’ll “bear great fruit”.

Photo by Morgan Phillips

Photo by Morgan Phillips

The One: Experience Jesus was made to reinforce the simple truth that the most important thing in your life is a relationship with Jesus, and from that you will find your true purpose, and the fruit of your life will have eternal significance. The thread that runs through the whole book is relationships, Jesus is relational and we can learn so much about Him by looking at the relationships He had throughout the Bible.

Using photography, articles, Q&A’s, people stories and features, we bring you a new way to keep experiencing Jesus in your day-to-day life. In week 2 we’ll be looking at the relationship He had with Adam & Eve. In week 3 how he wants to have a relationship with us as shown in the life of Abraham. In week 4 we look at why Jesus died and whom He gave us. We then look at the relationship Jesus had with the Father in week 5, His Followers in week 6 and His Disciples in week 7. In the final week we talk about the mystery revealed, Jesus wants to be known in our heads but also felt in our hearts.

Questions

Q. How does this quote impact our thinking in relation to our relationship with Jesus today? “I want the presence of God Himself, or I don’t want anything at all to do with religion…I want all that God has or I don’t want anything.” A.W Tozer

Q. Do I get my sense of acceptance, value and purpose from my gifts, talents and achievements? Or do I have these things through a personal relationship with Jesus?

Q. Do I feel a sense of peace about the kind of relationship I have with Jesus or do I feel obligated, guilty and condemned by it?

Action

Set some time aside and ask yourself some questions about what you think and feel about the relationship you have with Jesus. Is He someone that you experience and speak to regularly? Has life become unbalanced and your focus is too much on fruit/work instead of the One who creates the fruit/ work?

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