Scripture Reading: Galatians 2:20
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
Unless you read and meditate on the above scripture, you will certainly miss what Paul wanted us to know. This is one of the most profound scriptures in the Bible in reference to identifying with Jesus and having a relationship with Him.
The very first step in establishing a relationship with God is to accept the gift of salvation. Then we will belong in the family of God. Our salvation experience is the beginning of our relationship with God. Without salvation, there can be no relationship.
The second part of our relationship with God is our identification. Our salvation takes care of our eternal security in heaven, and our identification takes care of our daily walk here on earth. Being identified with Christ means we are not our own. We have been bought with a price. Because of that, we must surrender our entire being to the God who created us. We no longer live, but Christ lives in us. It is Jesus Christ living His life in us and through us.
In summary, our relationship with God is based on our salvation and on our identification. When we have both, then we can be confidently assured that we are in right relationship with Him. Our daily walk becomes honorable and pleasing to God.