How important are relationships in life? Recently, I’ve had to navigate some significant life events. Making a choice to step away from a good job and company after almost seven years to pursue a greater opportunity with another organization, while preparing to say good-bye to my grandmother, who was battling metastatic cancer and one of the biggest champions in my life. In the midst, life goes on and I am still a husband, father, son, brother, grandson, friend, and leader in my church. Is there a formula to manage all of that? Developing a relationship with God and keeping Him first is where it all starts. It’s my relationship with Jesus Christ, God the Holy Spirit, and God the Father that propel me forward through such storms and blessings.
Yes, I said blessings. Handling God’s favor and blessings requires humility and wisdom as well. There is a statement often stated in the world, ‘more money, more problems’, that I understand. Whenever I hear this, I hear Jesus saying: To whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48). Hence, the importance of having a relationship with God so He can lead and guide us through life to fulfill the plans and purpose of our lives. We can be distracted by negative and positive events, which emphasizes the importance of having a relationship with God first. A favorite scripture of mine is Romans 12:2.
So how can we have such a relationship with God? First and foremost, we must pursue Him. He can be found throughout the Bible for He is the Word (John 1:1). We can also connect with God through prayer. In prayer, we can listen and speak to Him (Psalm 66:19). Praise is another opportunity to pursue, honor, and relate to God. Having a heart of thanksgiving and celebrating who He is draws us closer too (Psalm 100:1-5). It’s not complex, we already do these things. We pursue things and relationships with others. We seek knowledge through education and reading. We also celebrate life accomplishments and people.
We are already designed to connect with God relationally because we were made in His image.
Getting to know more about God helps us to get to know more about the character we should be seeking to develop in ourselves. Like any other relationship that we have, it grows because we invest into it. Ultimately, we love because He first loved us.
Let’s make sure our love for Him is evident in how we invest and nourish our relationship with Him like we do all the others we have. Be encouraged!