As with any relationship, a relationship with Christ must be intentional. Each one of us must invest not only the time and effort, but our desire. I know all too well just what costs there are if I do not invest my mind, spirit, and body (my all) into my relationship with Christ. Like any investment, the dividend is greatly dependent on the deposit.
What are you passionate about? Why?
How much time do you spend thinking about it or doing it?
What do you do for entertainment? (spending time on Internet, TV., video games, hunting, family)
How much time do you invest in it?
What lasting satisfaction is obtained?
What lasting return do you get for your efforts/investment?
Should you get anything in return?
Mathew 25 describes the parable of the talents. The idea is that we take what relationship we have with Christ, invest in it, and grow it. Why? You are significant. You have purpose and meaning. God wants you as His own. What return do you have to offer for His investment in you? He poured himself out on the cross. He was beaten to provide an atonement, forgiveness for your sins and mine. Do not compare a relationship with Christ to any you have experienced or experiencing her on earth (marriage, job, etc).
Will you live your life as a reflection of Christ? Don't answer so easily. Understand, you will pay a price of some sort. Maybe your pride/ego, maybe some of your time?, Maybe your social status? Whatever the requirement, are you willing to surrender and submit?
I will be providing direction to help develop and sustain your walk with Christ. Invest your time, your will, your heart, and the dividends will be great. You are not alone. We all need God's help in sustaining our transformation.
Phil 4:11-13, 1 Tim 6:6-12 (Being content)
1 John 2:1, 2:2, 2:15,2:16