Spiritual Practice


Logan Smith, 19

I grew up learning Bible stories in Sunday School. I knew the stories of Noah’s ark, Daniel in the lions’ den, and the crucifixion of Jesus, but I didn’t understand their significance. I was taught to consider myself a Christian and to love Jesus, but I didn’t know what that meant.

In high school, I started to explore beyond the Bible stories. I learned what being a Christian meant. I learned the importance of grace, love, and self-sacrifice.

Christianity isn’t a religion; it’s a relationship. It is not a set of rules that people follow so they can go to heaven. Christianity is a relationship with the loving God who created the world. Following the rules does not save us, but our relationship with Jesus spurs us on to follow the rules.

May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
2 Thessalonians 3:5 (NRSV)

When we ask Jesus to come into our heart, we are beginning a relationship. Nurturing our relationship with Jesus leads to a greater knowledge of what he wants us to do with our lives. Being a Christian means not only following Jesus, but also knowing and loving him as he loved us. It means living for him by loving and serving, giving ourselves for others as he gave his life for us.


THINK ABOUT IT: Jesus invites us into a relationship with him. Will you accept his invitation?

—from devozine (January/February 2014). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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