THIS SERIES: HOW TO ENTER REST
Which are the life-giving relationships in your life? The ones which leave you feeling energised and refreshed? The ones where laughter, encouragement and intimate sharing all have a place? The ones which spur you on in your relationship with the Lord?
Many times our relationships become institutionalised. We connect with others because we are members of the same local body, or have a shared task, but there is no flow of life. It’s possible to work or worship with other Christians for years and never really see or know each other.
And then there are those relationships which make a huge demand on our personal resources. It’s part of our calling to be a life-source to others, but we need to recognise the connections which are a source of stress, and make sure we counter-balance them with those which breathe life into us.
We all need people we can do life with. People who will walk with us when things are tough, and will rejoice with us when we are blessed. People who really see us as we are. This shared life is the basis of ‘koinōnia’, the fellowship experienced by early Christians [Acts 2:42].
Intimate relationships with God and with other people are vital to a healthy life. If you are short of either or both of these, ask the Lord who provides for all of our needs. Incidentally, God-given ‘life-joints’ often blur artificial church ‘boundaries’. Take the risk – there are people out there who are just what you need on your journey!
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