A relationship with Jesus is something that we simply cannot live without. From living and acting out of our own strength we will find that our flesh is so limited; but with Jesus, there are no limitations. It is so easy to put faith, and Christianity in the back of our minds because life gets busy and our minds simply do not always turn to God naturally. Instead, we think how could we do something better, why we are a certain way, and allow thoughts to penetrate in our minds that do not glorify God. Along with needing Jesus, we need fellowship. Fellowship with like-minded friends opens the door for conversations that strengthen our faith, and see how Jesus moves and speaks in the lives of other believers.
Jesus wants us to need Him, because He knows we need Him. Through prayer and endurance, we can bring friends to know they need Jesus and expand the kingdom of God. Prayer is a weapon and praying for friends and those close to you has the potential to work powerfully in their hearts. When we seek Jesus on behalf of friends, He will intercede for us and work in the hearts of others in ways we cannot foresee.
In Proverbs 8:17 Jesus says “I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.”
Faith and a relationship takes effort, just like any other relationships in our lives. When we know a friend needs Jesus, we have to remember through encouragement that Jesus wants us to come to Him, cry out to Him, ask Him, and praise Him. When we find Jesus, our identity is in Him.
Deuteronomy 28:13 is an affirmation that says, “And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them.” When we find Christ, we are free to assume the position of the head and not the tail. When we live out this principle our lives will be so fulﬁlled with the goodness of Jesus.
Paul is writing in Acts a charge to seek God, and when we follow Him we will discover our God-given purpose. Acts 17:26-28 states, “And he made from one man every nation to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and ﬁnd him. Yet he is actually not far from each of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’, as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’”
When we seeks Jesus with genuine hearts and pure motives, we will not only discover that our identity is in Christ, but Christ will also reveal to us our purpose that is from Him.
To put this into practice, when you have a friend who needs Jesus and may or may not know it, be bold and intentional in your actions.
Seek Jesus on behalf of your friend, that they would find the same grace, goodness, mercy, peace, love, and presence that you experience daily.
Madison is a junior at Samford University, pursuing a degree in Marketing and Management. She is the youngest of two girls and keeps the family on their toes! Madison loves tennis whether she is coaching or playing, baking up something yummy in the kitchen, and making lasting memories with family and friends.She loves writing about her experiences from her journey with Jesus in order to encourage others and build a strong community of believers.