The One: Experience Jesus | The Start
“God chose us to be in a relationship with Him even before He laid out plans for this world; He wanted us to live holy lives characterized by love, free from sin, and blameless before Him. He destined us to be adopted as His children through the covenant Jesus the Anointed inaugurated in His sacrificial life. This was His pleasure and His will for us.” Ephesians 1:4-5 The Voice
Our perception forms our reality. It determines how we make our decisions, and where we get our worth, confidence and purpose. Having a correct perception of Jesus is foundational to having the relationship He wants with us, and to us experiencing more of Him every day. When the Word of God is central to our thinking and our perceptions are based on truth, we will see healthy growth in our lives.
First and foremost God made the world with us in mind, as the opening scripture states “God chose us to be in a relationship with Him even before He laid out plans for this world.” We need to understand that Jesus chose us first, we didn’t choose Him. We were born sinners because of Adam & Eve, but he chose us. Not because we were going to be perfect, but because of His perfect love for us. Each day wake up and know that Jesus loved you first. He gave himself for you, not because you’re going to be perfect each day, not because you’re going to do some really good “Christian works”, but because you are a Child of God. From that correct perception we can live free from getting on the treadmill of self-righteousness. Our “Christian works” will come out of a heart of gratitude for the gospel, not from trying to gain or earn the love and acceptance from Jesus that we already have.
In Chapter One of The One we look back at the story of Creation, we can learn much about God’s intended relationship with humanity, our tendencies towards disobedience because of the incorrect perception Adam & Eve had of the character of God, the enemy’s motivation and weapons against us today. If we continue to examine our perceptions of His character we’ll see our experience of Him grow stronger.
Q. As we learn from Adam and Eve, we can think that God is withholding things from us for no good reason. Is there something in your life you feel God is withholding from you and how is that making you feel? What are other areas in your life where God been faithful in your past to give you what is best?
Q. What do you think we learn from Adam and Eve in terms of humanity’s tendencies to want to be in charge and not submitted to God’s words and will?
Q. What do you think Satan’s core motivation and weapon against us is that stops us from experiencing a deeper relationship with Jesus?
Spend some time this week examining your perceptions and motivations for doing “Christian works”, is it coming from a heart that is grateful for what Jesus has done for you or is it an obligation because you want to feel valued, by people and Jesus?