Many believers accept Jesus, but very soon they abandon their relationship with Him. Some were never taught to work on their relationship with Jesus. They were told that they only need to believe in Jesus and then they will have eternal life.

“Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13. Jesus saves from sin. He pardons our past sin and give us a new beginning. He makes us a child of God, if we repent and accept Him. He gives us the hope of eternal life and the hope to inherit the kingdom of heaven. However, we only have the hope of eternal life as long as we stay with Jesus and obey Him. Jesus needs to know us.

If we go back to sin and living worldly lives Jesus warned that He will deny us. Being religious, going to church, reading your Bible, even preaching, working for the church, casting out demons in the name of Jesus and doing miracles in His name, will not ensure our salvation. Jesus said: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ “ Matthew 7:21-23.

Jesus only gives eternal life to those who follow and obey Him. He said: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:27,28.

Practicing religion is not a relationship with Jesus. Our relationship with Jesus is through prayer and walking with Him, hearing His voice, following and obeying Him. We grow and maintain our relationship with Jesus through constant communion with Him, in our spirit, through His Spirit that He makes to dwell in us, if we obey Him. Sin and disobedience breaks off our communion with Jesus, our connection with Him. Repentance and obedience restores our communion with Him. The moment we willfully sin, we separate ourselves from Jesus, and we stay separated until we repent and go back to Him. We have to maintain our relationship with Jesus through holiness and obedience, always seeking and doing His will. He will guide us, if we FOLLOW Him, but we have to seek His guidance.

Jesus gives His Holy Spirit in those who obey His words and commandments, and He guides them by His Spirit. Many believers do not obey the words and commandments of Jesus as they are recorded in the gospels, in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They refuse to repent and be baptized and live holy. How will they then receive and obey the Holy Spirit? That is why many believers never receive the Holy Spirit. Others have received the Holy Spirit, but they do not obey Him. They follow their own mind and their own lusts, not Jesus. Others follow after other people, preachers and churches. They have abandoned their relationship with Jesus and they will perish in hell if they do not get back to Him, restore their relationship, and follow and obey Him until the end.

How is our relationship with Jesus? Do we obey His words and commandments? Have we repented and been baptized in water as Jesus commanded? Are we living holy and righteously? Do we pray and seek Jesus? Have we received His Holy Spirit dwelling in us? Do we hear Him, listen and obey, follow Him? Is our relationship with Jesus growing. Most importantly: Does Jesus know us, and is He pleased with us?

Is our relationship with Jesus well and alive or have we abandoned Him? Are we really following Jesus or are we busy with lip service and religion?

May Jesus bless you.

About Jan Boshoff - finalcall07

A bond servant of Jesus Christ
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