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Relationship, Not Religion

April 25, 2013


Jesus said:

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last.  Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.  This is my command: Love each other.”  John 15: 12-17

This is oh so very simple.  Jesus desires that we love Him and one another.  We were created to be in an agape love relationship with the Lord and each other.  He wants to be friends with us.  We are called to be in a relationship with Him that goes deeper and is much more personal than He just being Master and us being His servants.  Christ’s example indicates that being friends is perhaps our highest calling in this life.  This relates to my last blog about making disciples.  The best and most effective way of making disciples is via friendship.  That is exactly how Jesus treated and taught His disciples.

 Friend to friend is how we reach others for the Kingdom, not teacher to student, pastor to “layperson” or Clergy to “laity”.  Knowing these things should lead us to view everything through the lens of relationship, instead of the lens of religion, tradition or doctrine.  When we read and try to understand the bible we should do so in a relational manner.  The Spirit will lead us into all truth and I say that all truth is relational truth.  When we approach the bible in this manner we will see it as living, alive and real; instead of a book of rules, dead letter and regulations.  If you look for relationship, love and freedom you will find it there.  However, if you take a non-relational approach you will just find religion instead of Christ.  Taking a purely academic approach will fail you also.  To understand the text you will have to use your heart more than your head.  They say most people miss God by only 18 inches…the distance between your brain and your heart.

Jesus is the King of Kings and He commands that we be in a loving relationship with Him and one another.  To make a friend you have to be a friend.  It involves laying your heart and everything else on the line.  To know Jesus is to Love Him and to love Him you must surrender everything, including your personal comfort zone.  In the process of making friends you end up making disciples.  The challenge is to love Jesus and those He places in your life everyday.  

Love and…..

Kirk Out !




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  1. Loving means letting go. Letting go of fear, letting go of judgement, letting go of all of our last paradigms, in trust of new ones to replace or refine what we once thought we knew. Jesus was more mystic than a Torah Man. Yes, He knew the text, and open the eyes of followers so they could understand them as they pertained to Himself. But scrolls, rules, and Laws were all designed to pass away. Son-ship and Daughter-hood, they last forever. So let us listen to our tutor, and allow Him to do what no academic pursuits could ever do, make us fully functional family members in the model of our Elder Brother, Jesus Himself.

  2. jayne permalink

    “Jesus is the King of Kings and He commands that we be in a loving relationship with Him and one another.”
    Commands? really? I was totally on board until I read this. Typo maybe??? I men, you just got finished telling us all about how Jesus wants to be our FRIEND, and now, he is COMMANDING us??? Doesn’t sound to friendly to me… just saying…

    Capt Jayneway

  3. I hear you Jayne. No caps on commands, but Jesus Himself said , “this is my command” twice in the span of 5 verses in the passage. So yeah Love is a command, but NOT a COMMAND.

    • "BK" permalink

      Yeah, commandment can have a pretty stiff, cold feeling with it when viewed as we see it today. But I looked it up once and found it to mean, “to transmit a message; by implication to enjoin;
      enjoin + the point aimed at as a limit”. To me that means when Jesus ‘commands’ us to love one another He is ‘transmitting the message” aimed to bring us to the goal of being ‘one’; He is ‘enjoining’ us. Hoping that’s not more complicated than not. “BK”

  4. “This is a test. Do NOT be alarmed. This is only a test.” ~ Jesus

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