This past weekend, we looked at the power of relationships. Because, they have dramatic impacts on our health, our longevity, and our success or failure in life. To really explore this reality further, we looked at the birth of Jesus.
Now, I know this might have been an unexpected place to begin, but next to the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Incarnation is the most theologically important reality. The Incarnation teaches us not only about God, but also about ourselves, as Jesus was truly human.
And, what we learn from the Incarnation is that relationships are powerful, because they shaped God Himself. Jesus, as both fully God and fully human, was shaped, formed, and changed by relationships. He was changed by His relationship with His mother, father, family, and friends.
The fact that Jesus is a person also reveals the power of relationships. Because, the only place you can connect with a person is in and through a relationship. Therefore, since Jesus is a person, relationships then become the space to meet with God.
After exploring this a little, we moved from theory to real life. From orthodoxy to orthopraxy. I shared how my relationship with my wife, Krista, has shaped and changed me. How she literally saved my life from a direction that was dark and difficult. That it wasn’t through new information, a church service, or a program that my life was changed – it was through a relationship.
Because, relationships are life-changing, God-birthing realities. This is what the Incarnation teaches us, and what our own experience teaches us as well.
We ended with this main point: Relationships matter – they are sacred and life-giving. What we need to do is to see relationships not as things to use, as disposable, or even as things at all. We need to see them for what they are – sacred, and life-giving spaces to be cherished.
So, we ended with this challenge: Appreciate a friend this week.