Relationships: It Starts With You
In every relationship in your life, there will be a common thread that runs throughout them. This is you. You are in every relationship in your life. From friends to family, you are the common thread woven in each relationship.
So if we start with this as a common basis for all relationships, how can we make all of our relationships better starting today? Serve one another.
Now, this may seem counter-cultural, but this is how Christians are called to have relationships. In Matthew 23 as Jesus is talking to the religious leaders of the day, He tells them this: “The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:11-12, NLT)
Jesus tells us that those of us who try to lift ourselves up will end up being humbled. As Christians, we are called to serve others, to care about others needs and concerns, to think about the betterment of others- not just yourself.
In Galatians 5:13-15, Paul tells us, “For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.” (NLT)
Again, we are told to serve each other and not ourselves. You see these are polar opposites like two different sides of a magnet. On one hand, you have the flesh. The flesh expects others to conform for you. The flesh expects others to do things for you. The flesh expects others to be responsible. The flesh doesn’t care much about others. On the other side, there is serving others humbly in love. This means serving other’s needs. You see, Jesus had more freedom than anyone in the world. He could have done anything. He could have come down and ruled forever, but He choose to serve others in love. To conquer the desires of the flesh and to serve others.
In all of your relationships, are you humbly serving others or are you serving the flesh and looking out for only your interests? How can you practically serve others this week? Maybe it’s helping parents around the house, helping a friend with a chore, writing an uplifting note, giving someone a compliment, or simply smiling and being there for someone. Whatever the case, find a practical way to serve others in all of your relationships.
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