"There are people that say, 'I'm a good person, I was raised in a good Christian home, my grandma was the Godliest person you'd every know...she was a Saint. God will let me into Heaven'. Well, there's a problem with this. That's your Grandma's Christianity. You need to get your own."Sadly, there are too many that believe this. They believe in a familial (family) Christianity. That the goodness of their family will be enough. In fact, some even go around ministering under the calling of someone else. But where in the Bible do we see proof that we need to have a one-on-one, personal relationship with Jesus? There are many references, but I'm going to point you to one you may not have read before.
Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, "In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out." Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. (One day) the evil spirit answered them, "Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?" Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.Pretty sobering huh? Without a personal relationship with Jesus we're vulnerable. We're open for a butt kicking. Did you catch what the evil spirit said? "Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?" How bold and direct from the demon. That would have made my blood run cold.Acts 19:13-16
But there is encouragement here. We know from earlier Scriptures that even the demons knew who Jesus was (Mark 1:34, Mark 5:6-10, Luke 4:33-35 - plus others). However, did you catch the cool part here? Because of Paul's personal relationship with Jesus, the demons knew him too. Once you have that relationship with Christ, you're associated with Him. It's like being a little boy and being adopted into a family with a REALLY big and powerful big brother. The bullies know they can no longer beat you. They can still pick on you and make your life miserable. But, in the end they know that your Big Brother, Jesus, is gonna kick their tail.
So, whose Christianity do you have? Is it your own or are you vainly trying to reach God through somebody else's Christianity?
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