I remember my missionary sister-in-law talking about having a personal relationship with Jesus soon after I met her. I didn't really know what she meant.
I believed in Jesus. I heard about him in church. I'd read a little about him in the Bible. Certainly, I'd prayed in His name. Was that a personal relationship? I didn't know.
Now I do. Having a personal relationship with Jesus is not much different than having a personal relationship with someone else. Do you have a personal relationship with me? Many of you do. But if you only believe that I exist, you've only heard about me, you've read a little of my words, or you've used my name in conversation, that isn't a personal relationship.
If you want a personal relationship with me or with Jesus, the first step is the same: talk! Jesus isn't a celebrity surrounded by body guards, too busy to talk with you (thankfully, neither am I!). I remember the thrill of getting a response to an email or letter I've sent to someone famous. While we can't be sure of getting an answer from a celebrity, we can be sure that Jesus will answer us when we communicate with Him.
The second step in establishing a personal relationship with Jesus is to listen. While Jesus doesn't have a Facebook page, a YouTube account, or an email address, He does have a great way of communicating with us. He wrote a best selling book that tells us how He feels about us, His tips for living our best life, and His plans for our future.
Talk to Jesus in prayer and listen to Him by reading the Bible and you will have a personal relationship with Him. That relationship, unlike going through the motions of going to church or trying to look good on the outside, is what can change your life! If having a personal relationship with me can help you have a personal relationship with Him, let me know. I am glad to pray for you, point you in the right direction, or respond to your comments.