I live 200 miles away from my mum, so I can’t visit her at the moment, but I am probably speaking to her more at the moment than I did previously. What I have found is that actually my relationship with her is building, I’m getting to know what’s going on her life, and in a way I am serving her through the phone calls.
In the Gospel of John 3:16-17 it says
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
One of the fundamental beliefs of Christianity that makes it different to others is the belief that God CHOSE to come to earth in the person of Jesus so that humans could be in relationship with Him but also so that they could be saved by Him.
Charles Spurgeon, who was a Baptist speaker, who spoke out against things he felt were wrong in his society said
“You cannot have Christ if you do not serve Christ”
Some people just want the gifts of God, the blessings, but this is only possible through service. But what does service look like? It can be all sorts of things, in the same way as I’m serving my mum through regular phone calls, we can serve Christ through prayers. It may also be through helping other people, seeing where there is a need and helping out. Then if we look at the story of Mary and Martha we see that although Jesus recognised what Martha was doing by doing the house work etc he appreciated Mary sitting at his feet listening more, so service could just be sitting and being.
Christianity is not about following a load of rules, it’s not about going to a place of worship, it’s about building a relationship with Christ. There is no way that is set in stone to do that, personally I think that’s pretty great!
Think about the different people that you are in relationships with… how are they different and how have they grown?