Until you understand or get the idea that Jesus IS All the provision you need – Grace will be a mystery to you and a Real Relationship with God Almighty will escape you!
Most see Jesus as a “some” provider, provided that you do some work as well. This is the message of a cross made of cardboard and an incomplete Christ at best! Jesus IS All you need or the hamster wheel of religion will continue and while you can try to make a relationship work you will only die tired!
So what are your provisions?
“So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.’ ” – Joshua 1:10-11
The difference between Old Testament religion and New Testament Relationship can be summed up in a single word – provisions!
God has always and will always provide for His people! This was in the form of manna from Heaven or a cloud to give direction Or in the case of a Grace based relationship – Jesus!
Yes, Jesus – the ultimate provision! This is why we don’t need our good works for salvation – they are merely evidence of who is inside!
This is why in the New Testament when Jesus sent people out He told them to Not take any provisions. They already had all the provisions they needed in a relationship with Him. He is the living water and the bread of life and ALL you need!
One problem with the lukewarm who have one foot in the Old Testament and one in the New Testament is this – they get comfortable with getting their own provisions ready!
These are the ungraceful graceful who claim to know Jesus but all they ever talk about is how great Heaven will be – why – because that is all they are working for! They have to keep their eyes on how great the future will be because right now they are desperately clinging to an image they feel they have to fit in order to fit in!
Will Heaven be great? Yes, absolutely – but Heaven isn’t why you found Christ as your One and Only – and by Not knowing this these cardboard cross saints are hurting the cause of Christ!
The Cause of Christ is simple this – to Love All, Judge None and Share this Peace with a lost and dying world!
The problem today is that the cause of Christ for many is just the opposite – love few, judge all and know no peace because of it!
This process can be reversed and must be reversed IF a person is going to truly know and therefore honestly share who Jesus really is!
How do we start to change this? If you haven’t already take a few days to answer, meditate on and breathe into your very being the questions and scripture found here:
The answers to these questions were the start of the journey for me. Maybe yours will be different but remember whatever the start – the journey is a journey toward Love through Christ Alone and while there will be evidence of His presence in you – your works will never determine His Love for you or His Gift within you!