How to Develop a Personal Relationship with Jesus
Having a personal relationship with Jesus is one of the most fulfilling and meaningful experiences a person can have. In John chapter 17, Jesus offers a prayer to the Father on behalf of his disciples and all believers, expressing his love for those who the Father has given him (John 17:6).
Examples of Jesus Showing Love and Care for His Disciples
Consistently throughout the gospels, Jesus always demonstrated his love for his disciples and followers in countless ways, taking time and teaching them about the kingdom of God (Matthew 5:1-7:29), demonstrating his power by performing miracles to heal and provide for their needs (Matthew 8:1-9:34), showing compassion and comfort in times of great need (Matthew 14:13-14), and paying the price for their sin by laying down his life for them on the cross (John 15:13).
What can we do so we can grow closer to Jesus and develop a personal relationship with him today? It is essential we genuine faith in him and trust him as Lord and savior. This involves acknowledging our sin and turning away from it to follow Jesus (Luke 13:3, Acts 2:38). When we do this, we are saved from the punishment of our sin and become part of God’s family (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The Importance of Knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior
True faith in Jesus as our Lord and savior is necessary to be included in the people who God will give to Jesus as the redeemed (John 17:3). This is because salvation is only possible through faith in Jesus and his work on the cross (John 3:16-17). If you are seeking to grow closer to Jesus and develop a personal relationship with him, here are some steps you can take:
Steps to Trusting Jesus and Being Adopted into His Family
- Admit that you are a sinner and in need of forgiveness. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We cannot earn our own salvation or make ourselves worthy of God’s love. Instead, we must recognize our own sinfulness and our need for his forgiveness.
- Recognize that Jesus is the only way to receive forgiveness and eternal life. Jesus himself said in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There is no other way to be reconciled with God and receive eternal life except through faith in Jesus.
- Repent of your sin and turn to Jesus in faith. Repentance involves not just acknowledging our sin, but also turning away from it and turning towards God. As it says in Acts 17:30, “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.” When we turn to Jesus in faith, we are expressing our belief in him and our desire to follow him as Lord and savior.
Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” This means acknowledging Jesus as having authority over our lives and believing in the truth of his death and resurrection.
Grow Closer to God through Bible Reading, Prayer, and Community
So, to help as you seek to grow and strengthen your relationship with Jesus, read the Bible, pray, and become involved in a community of believers. As believers in Christ, we are called to actively grow in our faith and deepen our relationship with God. Reading the Bible, which is God’s divine word is the ultimate source of guidance and inspiration for our lives. We effectively strengthen our relationship with God through prayer, which is a God’s way he provided for communicating with him and bringing our needs and concerns before him. Additionally, being connected to a community of believers – such as Christian singles communities like Victorious Christians, resources like your local church and small groups can collectively provide a framework which can provide support, ensure accountability, and provide fellowship as we seek to follow Jesus. Ephesians 2:19-22 says, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of ddeveloping a personal relationship with Jesus is a journey that requires effort and commitment on our part.
Our effort in worshipping Jesus is well worth it, as it brings us into a deeper understanding of God’s love and purpose for our lives. Consider in prayer the steps provided above to trust in Jesus and be adopted into his family. As you do this, you will experience the joy and fulfillment of living a life guided by God’s love and purpose. Never forget, Jesus is always with us, and he has a plan for our lives that is much greater than anything we could ever imagine (Jeremiah 29:11).
Trust in Jesus and grow close to him, and he will lead you on a path of abundant life and blessing.