with Jan Allbritton
Why were you created? Do you know why? You were created to have a unique, one-of-a-kind relationship with God. When you ask Jesus into your life, He will not let you go.
We are not called to religion, but a relationship. We are called to show the goodness of Jesus Christ and God’s mercy. The Truth of the Gospel is Jesus Christ, and He came to save the lost.
Pastor Andy was telling us about Justin Martyr who lived around 100 AD. Justin was a philosopher, and he found that all of his knowledge left him empty. He became a Christian as an adult, and he said that the only belief system that made any sense is this one based on the truth of Jesus Christ. Justin even died for his faith back then.
Jesus is the absolute truth. Pastor Andy asked if we would die for our faith. Believers around the world are dying for their faith every day.
This relationship is based on an on-going life. A changing relationship in which you not only feel God on Sunday, but throughout the week.
Pastor Andy asked if your relationship was stale. We have been chosen, and we are a new creation in Christ Jesus.
It is written in John 18:37, we are born to testify to the Truth. In Galatians 2:20, it says Christ lives in me. When Christ lives in me, the old man is dead. When the old man is dead, we have dominion over sin.
Do you remember the story of the prodigal son? When he returned home, the Father ran to meet him and placed the royal robe on him and put sandals on his feet. Why did God do that? Well, he wanted the son to know that he loved him, but he also wanted to remind the son who he was.
He wanted the son to remember his identity. He wanted him to remember his heritage. Even though he had walked away from his family and even rejected his family, he was still a member of that family.
You see, we may go through some stuff and get mad at God even, but He does not let us go. When we come to our senses and remember who we are, He comes running to us and greets us. God clothes us in our robes of righteousness and welcomes us back.
He will never forget us or forsake us. His love never fails, never gives, and never runs out on us. We just need to remember that.
We cannot outrun the love of God. No matter how far gone that you think that you are, God’s love can still touch you.
Get over your mad, and come back to Him. He is as close as your breath. Reach out and you will never be the same.
RELATIONSHIP, not religion. Experiencing, walking with, and knowing Christ on a day-to-day basis.
Jan Allbritton is a Diboll resident who teaches at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School.