John 1:12 says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” The purpose of the Lord Jesus coming to the earth was not to set up a new set of rules, codes, rituals, or even the Church. The purpose of the Lord Jesus was to bring us into an intimate family relationship with God. Notice that when we receive Jesus as our Lord we are given the power, the right, and the privilege of becoming the sons of God.
Jesus came to give us back the relationship we had with God before sin separated us. Romans 5:19, 21 says, “19) For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” “21) That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” Thank God that through the obedience of the Lord Jesus we are restored to grace and righteousness. We are no longer sinners, outcasts, and people without hope bound in darkness. When we make Jesus our Lord we are restored back into favor with God as His very own children.
In Galatians 5:1 Paul gives us a warning and says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” We are warned here about being brought back into the bondage of external religious acts. Our lives are now to be built upon a living relationship with Jesus and not just outward appearance. Everything we do and everything that defines who we are should flow out of our relationship with the Lord. Don’t get me wrong; I believe in practicing the Word of God and doing good works, but these things don’t bring me into relationship with God, they flow out of my relationship with God.
As we head into the holidays, I pray that we will do all things out of a deep and intimate relationship and walk with the Lord. This month let us give thanks to the One who redeemed our lives from destruction and restored us back into fellowship with our Heavenly Father. In December, let us sing the Christmas songs out of the revelation that we are in the family of the One we are singing about.
As we live in the revelation that we are the children of God, we will be lights shining out into a lost and dark world. Remember, nobody really wants religion, but all would want a real, living relationship with a kind and loving Heavenly Father.