by Pastor Mark Jordan
Proverbs 3:6 (TLB) | “In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.”
I hope our weekly series is helping you learn how to put God FIRST. So far, we have explored putting God first in your finances and your interests. Today, we take the connecting nature of our interests a step further as we consider our relationships.
2 Corinthians 5:18 teaches about the connected nature of relationships: “All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other” (MSG). Our relationships begin with God and spread out for us to connect with others. Picture the cross with a vertical bar and a cross bar, where you are the vertex. Jesus is the intersection of your relationships for the support and accountability you desperately need.
God is generous with you in your relationships and wants you to be generous with others, too. This relates to how you use your primary resources of your time, energy, and yes, money. I am reminded of the great teaching by John Wesley that Christianity is a social religion, and to make it solitary is essentially to kill it. We need each other to help us live out God’s design for relationship.
With whom can you connect to help experience the love of God in Jesus Christ? Put God first in your relationships, and realize that’s how you were created in the first place.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I put you first in my relationships, and see thats where I find your design for me. Forgive me for my selfishness with myself, and help me to connect with you and others and experience the glory of eternity right now. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.