DEAR REV. GRAHAM: You often say something in your column about learning to walk with God every day, but what does that mean? I go to church regularly, but I admit I often don’t even think about God during the week.
DEAR F.C.: I notice that you are married. What kind of marriage would you have if you saw your husband only one hour a week, and then didn’t think about him the rest of the week? The idea is laughable, because you and your husband love each other and are committed to each other, and you want to be with each other as much as possible.
And yet this is the way many people (perhaps including you) deal with God - as someone they occasionally visit, but not as a close friend they want to be with every day. But that is exactly what He wants to be, and once we discover this, it will change our lives. He loves us, and He wants us to love Him in return. Jesus said, “I have called you friends” (John 15:15).
This is possible because Jesus Christ is not dead. And when we repent of our sins and commit our lives to Him, He comes to live within us by His Holy Spirit. From that moment on, we have a personal relationship with Him that will never end.
But like any other relationship, it needs to be nurtured and cultivated. As we pray … as we read and hear the Bible … as we have fellowship with other believers, our faith is strengthened and we know Christ is with us. Don’t be satisfied with a once-a-week faith, but ask Christ to come into your heart and life today, and He will.
Write to Billy Graham in care of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C. 28201 or visit the website at billygraham.org
Weekend, Pages 32 on 08/15/2013
Print Headline: ON CHRISTIANITY