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Summary: Are you just dating Jesus or are you ready to make a commitment?

ARE YOU DATING JESUS?

Where are you at in your relationship with Jesus?

-Relationships

-Today relationships are very problematic

-No one wants to make a commitment

-Women and men have different views of a relationship

-Women want to be married and raise families for the most part

-Men want sex and they get it too readily these days from women that

must give sex to get into a relationship that will lead to marriage and

a family

-Men no longer have to wait for marriage to have sex. It’s readily

available from willing participants

-Careers get in the way,

-People feel the urgent need to make a lot of money as soon as

they can.

-Fun gets in the way,

-People buy-in to the TV version of life

-Be a wise guy and a slacker in school and you’ll be recognized

and rewarded for your strong sense of individuality.

-Bright students are objects of derision and scorn because they

are not “cool”. They do not know how to have fun.

-Oral sex is just as common as a good night kiss.

-There are a lot of pressures to stay out of relationships today.

-Are you treating Jesus as a date or are you treating Him as a bride treats her groom.

Matthew 25:6"And at midnight a cry was heard: "Behold, the bridegroom is coming, go out to meet Him!’

-Let’s test this relationship you have with Jesus.

-On a date

-You dress up nicely until the date is over

-In a relationship with Jesus

-You know He is there wherever you are so He sees you as you really are

without the Sunday got to meeting clothes

-On a date,

-You meet at an appointed time and then spend some time together

-Sunday 10am?

-In a relationship with Jesus

-He is there at all times not just Sunday mornings and you can talk to Him

whenever you want.

-On a date

-You make polite conversation. Nothing deep, just polite quiet talk

-In a relationship with Jesus

-When you talk with Him it will be about soul-deep issues of life, death and

salvation

-On a date

-Nothing is expected of you and you expect nothing in return

-In a relationship with Jesus

-Everything is expected of you.

-You must make the commitment to Him and to Him alone,

(Psalm 81:9; There shall be no foreign god among you and you

shall not worship any foreign god)

-On a date

-You are not committed to Him and may even be seeing others

-In a relationship with Jesus

(Exodus 20:3, You shall have no other god’s before me).

-On a date

-You may or may not want to see that person again

-In a relationship with Jesus

(Amos 8:1, “Behold, The days are coming,” Says the Lord God,”

That I will send a famine on the land. Not a famine of bread or a

Thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.)

-On a date

-Your priorities are what you want

-In a relationship with Jesus

-You must make Him the top priority in your life

-On a date

-You might ruminate on the nice evening you spent with Him

-In a relationship with Jesus

-You must spend all of your waking hours honoring Him, worshipping

Him (Psalm 66:4 All the world shall worship You and sing praises to You, they shall sing praises to Your name.)

pleasing Him, serving Him.

-On a date

-There is no commitment

-In a relationship with Jesus

-There is total commitment

(Matthew 28:20, teaching them to observe all things that I have

commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end

of the age." )

-On a date

-Neither you nor he will promise anything

-In a relationship with Jesus

-He promises everything

(Matthew 7:7, Ask and you will be given to you, seek and you will

find, knock and it shall be opened to you.)

Well how did your relationship compare? Are you dating Jesus or are you in a full-blown love relationship with Him?

He is never far from you. He is always trying to get into a relationship with you. Some people are deaf to His calling, as the song says, ”Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me”, but those that do not understand the relationship that they could have with Him will reject His every overture.

(Proverbs 8:17, I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me diligently will find Me.)

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