It’s part of the standard package. It’s built in at the factory. We all have it. Standard equipment.
Why am I here?
What is my purpose?
How long do I have?
When and how will I die?
What am I supposed to do?
What’s right and what’s wrong?
Okay, here it is. Fortunately for you the answer does not come from me but from the author of life.
“And one of them, an expert in religious law, asked him a question to test him: ‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ Jesus said to him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'” This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
Other translations say, “All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Simple? Yes. Easy? No.
Question: Can you fulfill one of the great commandments and not the other?
These 2 commandments upon which everything hangs are speaking of relationship: firstly your relationship with god, secondly your relationship with others.
Let’s take a quick inventory, okay? Are you still with me? Think of your relationships, the people in your life. On a scale of 1-10 how are those relationships? Do you have a relationship with God? If so, on a scale of 1-10 how is that relationship?
We all know that relationships are hard work. To do that work you must be patient, kind, gentle, honest, trustworthy and a whole bunch more. It’s work because we must give of ourselves, many times placing the relationship on a higher priority than our own immediate needs. Relationships make us vulnerable and many of us are frightened enough as it is.
If you are still with me, then I bet you are asking, “Well, how do I build relationships?” My answer: One interaction at a time.
The interaction is the smallest unit of a relationship. It is the essential element that makes up a relationship. It is observable, measurable and you can practice and improve your interactions. A relationship is nothing more than the sum total of the interactions you have had with that person (or god).
For a believer, there is no such thing as a random interaction. In the morning when you got up you had the Holy Spirit in you and with you. Your primary job today is to be His ambassador. Primary. He’s going to bring people along your path all day and your job is to:
1. Realize that He loves that person and wants to minister to that person.
2. Be present and be you.
3. Stay out of the way of the Holy Spirit.
4. Watch and learn as the Holy Spirit ministers.
Tonight as you are preparing to sleep, looking back on the day, the sum total of value of today will be calculated by the quality of your interactions and subsequent relationships. Everything else is details.
If you’re still with me, let’s sum this up.
1. You are here to build and grow a relationship with God and those people around you.
2. It’s all about relationships. Everything else is details.
3. You will build these all-important relationships one interaction at a time.
Groucho Marx said, “When it’s all said and done, there be will much said and little done.”
My hope and prayer is that you will do your work. No one can do it for you.
But cheer up. You are the apple of His eye, His pride and joy and He will enable you. Just put one foot in front of the other and He will be there with you. Guaranteed!