Once we’ve trusted Christ as our Savior, how do we grow in our relationship with Him?
Jesus is called the “Good Shepherd” because He leads and watches over those who follow Him. He said: “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). But how do we hear the Shepherd? Our sensitivity to His voice depends on communication in four areas.
GOD TALKS TO US. As we read the Bible, He speaks to us through His own words and self-revelation (2 Timothy 3:16).
WE TALK TO GOD. As we receive understanding from Him, we respond to Him with the affections and needs of our hearts (John 15:7).
WE TALK WITH OUR NEW FAMILY. As we connect with others who share our faith in Christ, we experience mutual encouragement and motivation to love as we ourselves have been loved (Hebrews 10:24–25).
WE TALK WITH OTHERS ABOUT CHRIST. Jesus desires for us to be His representatives to those who haven’t yet believed (Matthew 4:19). One of the best ways to do this is to show honest concern for them. If they see our changed life and see that we’re genuinely interested in them, they’re more likely to be curious about the difference they see in us. No two believers have an identical relationship with the Savior, but a genuine believer will have a desire to listen to God, to respond to Him, to fellowship with other believers, and to witness to those who don’t yet know Christ. As you begin your journey as a believer in Jesus, let God creatively guide your path to a growing relationship with Him.
Do you want to grow your faith? While God is the only one who can grow spiritual disciplines, you actually have a part to play in that too. Watch this video and find out what you can do to allow God to grow your faith.
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