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Beginning Relationships for the Right Reasons

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Building-RelationshipsSatan has been good at getting us to have casual relationships with so many people without ever turning those relationships to God. We participate in conversations with friends, co-workers, and family members about everything from common interests such as sports teams, movies, our golf game, kid’s activities, the weather, and how bad the political scene is without ever bringing up the most important topic: Jesus.


What does this say about how important our religious life is to us? The things that are important to us get brought up regularly in conversations with others. This is why Jesus made it clear, “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 10:32-33). Jesus was very serious about this command; this is not optional. We either confess him to others or we deny him. There is no middle ground!


Start building the courage to talk with others about the great lesson you heard at church on Sunday or about other exciting things going on in your congregation that are helping you spiritually. You may get some odd looks at first, but the more common it becomes, the more comfortable you become doing it. If Jesus really is important in your life, begin sharing that relationship with others who need the same thing you have.


It is always easiest if you do this from the outset of a relationship; however, if you have established bonds and have not confessed Christ before those people then an apology may be in order. Tell the person you are sorry that you have mentioned something about Christ before, but your relationship is important to you and you want to give him/her a chance to have a relationship with Christ also. This requires humility, but if we are going to follow in Christ’s example, humility is a must for us anyways.

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