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Build a Relationship with Christ

Seek the person of Jesus, to know and experience Him as real as you know and experience yourself.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 16:8, ” So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. “

Background

In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird , Atticus Finch is a depression-era lawyer defending a black man who has been charged with the beating and rape of a young, poor, white woman. In the courtroom, Atticus is questioning the father of the young Mayella about the night of the incident, skeptical about his version of the events that have been described. Atticus is certain that the black Jim Robinson is innocent, and he’s mostly convinced that any beating that took place was done by Mayella’s daddy. Atticus said to him, ” Mr. Ewell, folks were doing a lot of running that night. Let’s see, you say you ran to the house, you ran to the window, you ran inside, you ran to Mayella, you ran for Mr. Tate. Did you, during all this running, run for a doctor? ” To which Mr. Ewell replied, ” Wadn’t no need to. I seen what happened. ” Now, Atticus was sure that Mr. Ewell was the culprit, for he had called for no doctor because he knew himself what harm had been dealt to his daughter for the unforgiveable sin of unrequited affection towards a black man. And the only running that had been done that night was by an innocent Jim from the grasp of Miss Mayella, and by a father who intended to mete out punishment to cover up the shame.

Application

As we get up in years, we tend to run less and less. Exercisers and fit-nicks aside, most of us past a certain age have no occasion, or desire, to run. And the running we do usually looks more like non-stop activity that runs us down and wears us out, regardless of the pace of our steps. And that’s where relationship comes in. For though our bodies were made for activity, our souls were made for fellowship. To do is good, but to relate is Christ-like. Even His miracles were not simply deeds done, but acts upon which a relationship could be built. So if you’re running around for Jesus, or even to Him, make sure it’s to build a relationship, and not just activity to help you cope with the guilt or shame of a relationship that’s missing out.

Charge

As we seek Him today, seek the person of Jesus, to know and experience Him as real as you know and experience yourself.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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