THINKING LIKE JESUS SHOULD INTENSIFY OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM!
“GOD, WHO HAS CALLED YOU INTO FELLOWSHIP WITH HIS SON JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD, IS FAITHFUL.”I Corinthians 1:9
We can’t think like Jesus without spending time with Him. We spend time in His Word to get to know Him and to serve with Him in this partnership we are called to. He is called to this fellowship with us, as well. We should be faithful. He is always faithful. Even when we are not!
Unforgiveness brings condemnation. To Jesus, our repentance is not a big deal as far as the magnitude of our misstep. What matters is that we confess our sins, receive forgiveness and move back into fellowship with Him. The Greek word for “fellowship” means “partnership”!
Early in my walk with Jesus, I assumed Jesus wouldn’t want to talk with me until I had paid the price for my sin! Wrong! As the Apostle John writes: “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9
Partner this truth in I John with Hebrews, chapter 4: 15-16.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are —yet without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Whenever you find yourself in a time of need come boldly. “Coming boldly” may seem arrogant to those unaccustomed to how Jesus thinks. Thinking like Jesus pulls us into His perspective. From His perspective, He expects us to come boldly, not reluctantly.
We are not out of fellowship with Him by coming boldly to Him for help in our time of need.
In Mark 2:1-12, Jesus healed the man that friends brought Him by first forgiving him. Let that sink in. Seize on the truth here that Jesus forgave a man’s sin before the man repented. Perhaps sin was keeping the man from receiving his healing. Jesus forgave him at the expense of knowing that the Capernaum teachers of the law would be outraged. Remember: He expects us to come boldly to the throne of Grace and get help. Popular opinion doesn’t matter to Jesus.
Thinking like Jesus brings us quickly to repentance, so our fellowship with Him is unbroken.
OUR CALLING IS TO FELLOWSHIP & PARTNERSHIP WITH HIM…FULFILL YOUR CALLING.