Our Relationship with Christ Makes the Difference

Sign with the words "We Follow Jesus"Last week, an army of white nationalists and white supremacists converged on Charlottesville, VA, for a rally. They were met there by crowds of counter protesters. As the two sides interacted, the event turned ugly and resulted in loss of life. Subsequently, all over the country, debates were taking place with regard to the fate of existing confederate flags and statues.

 The Charlottesville unrest underscores the reality that we still have a serious race relations problem in America.

Meanwhile, in our nation’s capital, things appear to be in total disarray. Turnover of key White House personnel occurs at a head-spinning space. And I am convinced that not even General Kelly can instill some discipline into our President.  

As I thought on the abovementioned current events and more, such as the ominous tensions between North Korea and the United States, I thought about my relationship with Christ. It is more valuable to me than silver and gold. Because I am anchored in Christ, I am not easily moved by the things going on around me.

When Christ lives in us, we can have peace in the midst of the storms of life. He said to His disciples, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you” (John 14:27). We have that same out-of-this-world peace. I can’t explain this phenomenon. I just know that because of my relationship with Christ, I am not and will not be easily moved by the chaotic events around me.

I thank God for His Word. So many people today are disheartened by the increasing turmoil in our world. To them, it seems as if God is not in control and everything is out of control. But my perspective is the exact opposite. To me, the doom this world is hastening toward actually confirms that God is in total control. He knows the end from the beginning. It is in His Word that He foretold us of these things and of the end of this current age.

To be sure, these are uncertain times. None of us knows what tomorrow will bring. But those of us who know Christ need not lose any sleep about tomorrow.  We are not without hope like unbelievers. Our relationship with Christ makes the difference. Through Him, we can weather the storms of life. He is with us through the thick and thin of life. That’s why our relationship with Him is such a big deal. The darker our world becomes, the more brightly our relationship with Christ is sure to shine.

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4 thoughts on “Our Relationship with Christ Makes the Difference

  1. Reminds me of the old song our kids sang in Sunday school: “With Christ in the vessel we can smile at the storm..as we go sailing home!”

    • Kathleen, the words to that song are right on point. Christ is the Prince of peace. When we allow His presence to reign in our heart, we experience a peace that’s beyond human understanding.

    • Thanks, Kathleen. I will keep that in mind. I paused my FB account a couple a months ago along with a couple of other social media sites. I needed to cut some of the busyness out of my daily routine. I may start FB back up in the future, but that probably won’t happen before the end of 2017.

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