I can dwell on a relationship with Christ all day long, I can admire the beauty, nobility, power, pain and joy of such a relationship. I can write about it, make a case for it, encourage others for it, read more about it and totally sell myself over to the idea.

But. If I’m not actually in that relationship, if I am not really partaking in the the things of Christ, if I do not communicate with Him, live with Him as if my body were his dwelling place. Then it is all pretty sounding mumbo jumbo.

Am I living for the idea of a relationship with my creator, or am I living the relationship?
Has the idea of God, righteousness, holiness, love, endurance, suffering, power consumed my thoughts? Or am I consumed by these?

As a man thinketh so is he, not always. Because a man is more than just his thoughts.