Our relationship with Jesus is so much more than any other kind of relationship. He is more than a sibling, even though He is called our “fellow heir.” He is more than a comrade, even though He is called our “friend.” He is more than a mentor, even though He is called, “Teacher.” He is more than a spouse, even though we are called His “bride.” And the Lord God is more than a parent to us, even though He is called our “Father.”
You see, the relationship we have with God in Jesus is LIFE. We, who were dead in our sins, have been made alive in Him and the life in us is His life. The spiritual life in us is not ours. It is a gift from Him. It is His life. Eternal Life.
Now, I happen to think that we would have a hard time taking this too far. He is our strength. He is our wisdom. He is our righteousness. He is our peace. Everything we need is in Him.
This is not a takeover. We are still who we are but the life in us is His. We are connected with Him forever. This is why we do not need to fear death, because the life of the One who overcame death is in us. And the Scripture says both that we are “in Him” and He is “in us.”
So Jesus is the One who hears your thoughts and knows your doubts and fears. He is the One who feels your pain and anxiety. He is the One who is your source of strength and peace and comfort. And He is always with you . . . always.
When Jesus says that He will be near to those who call on Him, He means it. He hears your prayer before you say it and understands what you mean when you say it wrong.
Suppose you could wake up in the morning fully aware that you are in Him and He is in you. Suppose every breath was communication with Him. This is what Paul meant when he said that we should “pray without ceasing.” To know and believe that He is real, He is present, and He is your life—that would make the difference.