Monday, July 15, 2013

Relational People

We are relational people.

That is who we were created to be.

I know, there are some of you out there who are introverts, who enjoy times of solitude and being alone (I don't pretend to understand you people, but I hear you exist).  I am 100% extroverted, I LIVE for relationships!  Truly, to a fault.

After 6 weeks of an intense summer class while having the kids at home (or the pool, or the baseball field, or out of town, or the barn, or wherever else I had to take them).  I am once again basking in the joy of relationships!  We had friends from out of town stay with us this past weekend and we visited for hours upon hours.  We celebrated a family birthday with Erik's mom and sister (and her family) and got to catch up with them.  We went to the movies with some friends from church, and I got to say yes when Nate wanted a sleepover.  The whole family is enjoying relationships again.

But these are not really the relationships that we were created for.  The relationships you experience everyday with your spouse, your children, your friends, or your co-workers are not the relationships you were created for.  But too often these are the relationships that get are attention.

The relationship you were created for is the one you have with your heavenly father. 

It is not enough to just believe in God, to believe in the Son he sent to take away your sin.  Belief is not enough.  You need a relationship.  We were created to be relational people.  And the most important relationship in your life needs to be with the only one who can give you eternal life, Jesus Christ.  He is the most important relationship in your life.

What does a relationship with Jesus look like?  Far more than simply believing in him.  A relationship with Jesus means talking to him, listening to him, believing what he believes and living a life like he lives.  It is not easy and you will fail, but like only the best relationships in your life, he offers you forgiveness, and unconditional love when you mess up, and you will mess up.  But that is okay, just admit it, tell him your sorry, and do it better next time.  

We are relational people.  I am a relational person.  And the relationship that we were created for, each of us, is a relationship with our heavenly Father.