Click here for the outline – Experience Relationships – Week 3
How do you live life to its fullest? How do you really live it up? If you and I could spend some one-on-one time together, maybe after church, we’d go to Chick-fil-A. I’d say, “What do you want to get out of life?” Most people would say, in whatever words they would choose to use, “I want to live it up!” Nobody wakes up in the morning and says, “Today, I hope my life stinks.” You just don’t do that. If you’re breathing and you’re alive, you want to live it up. You want to live life to the fullest. A lot of times, what the world says is this: the way to live it up is if you drink it up, if you party it up, if you smoke it up, if you sex it up, if you buy it up, do it up. People try to do all that stuff, and what happens is, after they’ve done it all, they feel a little empty. That wasn’t it. That wasn’t the answer.
However, if that is not the answer than what is? Over the past couple of weeks we have been looking at the life of Peter and his words of both caution and encouragement in regards to living life to the fullest! Peter encourages his audience to clean themselves of all meanness, all drama, all lies, and simply being fake in your spiritual walk (1 Peter 2:1-3). Our peers, family, and others might reject us; however, we have never been nor will be rejected by God. Peter reminds us that we are “living stones” and that we “are being built into a spiritual house…” (1 Peter 2:4-5) Within that house is where our Christian relationship will be formed and out of that formation we realize that we;
• are joined with those of like mind (faith).
• are committed to praying for another.
• are passionate about meeting needs.
• praise God together
• enjoy the company of one another
That sounds great! Right? But not all of us can have and/or obtain this type of relationship. It begins by accepting Christ and acknowledging that dependence on Him. We do that by recognizing our role in the relationship. (Romans 12:5, Ephesians 4:16) Then we take a step of faith to be connected to not only Him, but also a like-minded group of friends. (John 13:34) Then lastly we enjoy the benefits of belonging! (Romans 1:12, Romans 12:16)
Come on why would we go through life alone…don’t miss this life-changing opportunity to journey with significant others.