Week 3: Build the Relationship

Think back to before you knew your best friend, significant other, or spouse: you weren’t close with them right away, right? Relationships form in all kinds of funny ways, and sometimes through less-than-perfect situations. However, all of these relationships have one thing in common: You intentionally developed them.

Developing friendship is one of the most important things we can do. In the book of Hebrews, Paul reminds us of the importance of spending time with one another in order to encourage and build each other up:

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (verses 24-25)

There are countless examples in scripture of people getting together to break bread and enjoy their fellowship. Even the disciples traveled in pairs in order to offer support for one another. Our relationships are important, and we don’t really get to know people unless we invest our time in them.

There is one relationship that is more important than the rest: our individual relationships with God. Just as you can’t expect to grow closer to someone if you don’t take the time to get to know them, the same is true of your relationship with God. If you don’t spend time meditating on his word and sitting in his presence, you will never truly know who God is.

In Proverbs we see a very simple quote attributed to Christ about forming this relationship:

I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me. (Proverbs 8:17)

If you love God, he loves you back. But just like your human relationships, love is demonstrated through action. We cannot just sit back and expect God to do all the work—we must intentionally seek out time to spend with him.

This is no small task. Our days are full of distractions, from exciting new activities to the same boring tasks. It is our job, however, to carve out the time to read our bibles, worship in our prayer closets, and share the good news about our most important friend.

You’d make the time to hang out with your best friend. It’s time to start making that same investment in your relationship with God.

This Week’s Challenge: You are already working on building your relationship with God through the Bible, now let’s do it through prayer.  Just like you would talk to a friend on the phone, talk to God.  Express your feelings, express your desires but most importantly, listen to him! 

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