Everything but JesusAre you missing something in your life? God will ask some of us as He looks at our lives, "Where's Jesus?" Spiritually, maybe you have everything except Jesus.

The danger of that deadly deficit is what God addresses in 2 Corinthians 13:5 of the Bible. Now, the sobering truth is that these words were, and are, written to church folks - the folks involved in a lot of Christian things - maybe like you. Here's God's challenge: "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you - unless, of course, you fail the test?"

Apparently, you can be into Jesus, but not have Jesus in you! God says here that the deciding factor as to whether or not you belong to Him is whether or not "Christ Jesus is in you." He's in you only if there's been a time when you personally have flung open the door of your heart and welcomed Him in as your personal Savior from your personal sin. If you don't know if you have done that, you probably haven't. It's like getting married. If you've made that commitment, you know you're married.

You can miss the fact that you've missed Jesus when you have everything else. Maybe you have a Christian vocabulary, Christian beliefs, a Christian image, Christian fellowship, maybe a Christian environment or a Christian family, but it could be that there's never been that deciding transaction with Christ when you personally talked to Him and gave yourself to Him with all the faith you had. As God looks at all you've got spiritually, maybe He's asking, "But where's Jesus?"

If you've consciously begun your relationship with Jesus Christ, He is in your life right now. He's clearly said, if you open the door, "I will come in," and it is settled. If you've never given yourself to Jesus, it's hard to admit it to yourself, but it's deadly not to. God has given you another opportunity; He has given you this opportunity to take the step that will finally, really bring Jesus into your life. Some day it will be your last opportunity.

Would you tell Him right now that you want to know Him for real and not just know about Him. Tell Him you want a personal relationship with Him beginning this very day, and you want to belong to Him, and not just have some beliefs about Him. It's time for you to tell Him that that's what you want and to admit to Him you realize there's never been a time you've given yourself to Him. Make this the day you open your heart to the man who died for you and who came to this earth to die to pay for your sin.

He's alive because of Resurrection Day that first Easter, and He's available to you. He came that first Christmas, and now He's come where you are to come into your life. Tell Him, "Jesus, I'm Yours." Make sure that Jesus is in your heart today. You'll be glad you did.

            

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