Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.” (John 4:42)
Read: Judges 9:22 – 11:28
Relate: My dad was a Blue Jays fan. I grew up liking the Oakland A’s. Then Jeter joined the bigs and I was officially converted to the Evil Empire. My dad played basketball straight on through college. I didn’t play organized basketball at any level. I love watching soccer. He coached it, but never could get in to watching it. He was a Bills fan (poor guy). I rooted first for the Niners and now the Jets. I inherited a lot of things from my dad like a love for ‘Cuse basketball, and a love for kids, but just because he liked or acted in some way did not make it automatic I would do the same. I can guarantee some of my political views have caused him to roll in his grave.
React: When it comes to Christianity, nobody is grandfathered in. If someone were to ask you, “Why are you a Christian?” and you answer, “Well, my parents are Christian, my cousins and aunts and uncles are Christian. My grandparents are Christian…” I’ve got news for you. You are not a Christian. You might come from a culture of Christianity. You might have a Christian inheritance, but until You have had a real personal encounter with the Savior of the World, you cannot claim to be His follower. Unlike some other world religions, Christianity has very little to do with a culture and even less an inheritance. Every generation, every individual must have their own encounter with Christ. Every Christian must, for themselves, acknowledge Jesus as their Lord.
Jesus, I acknowledge You as my Lord. I acknowledge You as my Savior. I am grateful for the inheritance I have, but I understand that inheritance does not cover my relationship with You. Others can ell me about You, but I have seen with my own eyes. I have heard with my own ears. I have encountered in my own life the greatness of who You are. You are the living God. I belong to You.