WHAT'S UP REAL MEN!!!
In college I was placed in a dorm suit with 5 other guys, and in my room there were 4 of us. We all tried to connect. In fact 3 of us we're all majoring in the same thing, so there was a lot of things that we could talk about. I was thinking we were all getting along pretty well.
But half way through the year, right before Christmas break, I opened up my PlayStation 3 to find my game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, was missing. I was confused and asked all my roommates if they knew where it was. They all had no idea.
I made my way back home to visit my family and to celebrate Christmas. One of the gifts I received was a nice new TV for my soon to be apartment with my soon to be wife. So it had to come back to my dorm room so I could play, my newly re-purchased Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, on a nice new TV.
When I got back to campus I slide the TV, box, with the TV inside, next to my bed. Not having any time to set it up, a week went by. One day I come back from class to notice the TV in its box is missing. Someone had just jacked my TV. I was furious.
About a year later we found out it was one of my roommates. When you think you know a person…! No, I have forgiven him and have moved on way past it.
But every single one of us have been in relationships. I’m obviously not talking just romantic here. I’m using the word relationship in the most general sense: the state of being connected.
We all have had different experiences in relationships. Some good, and some bad, (Like my stolen game and TV).
And often times we find ourselves in relationships like the ones we see exemplified for us, by our parents and people close to us. But instead of using earthly examples we need to mimc the example Christ gives us:
19 So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
If you’ve been in church for any amount of time you have heard the term, “relationship with Jesus”. But what does that even mean? It means, spending time with Him, listening to Him, talking to Him, getting to know who He is.
See I didn’t take the time to really get to know my roommates. I thought the casual conversations we had were enough to know who they all were, but obviously not.
If a relationship is important to you, you will do whatever it takes to invest in that relationship. So men, let’s not “think” we know who Jesus is. Let’s really dive into our relationship with Him. Let’s get into His word so that we can truly know who He is and so we can truly know what a relationship should look like.