The Riches of Relationships
Posted by Lane Corley
This month, Bridge Church has been in a series called How to Be Rich. We’ve talked about how the Gospel enriches, Generosity enriches, & this weekend, about how RELATIONSHIPS enrich our lives. How do Relationships Make us Rich? Here are 4 Biblical ways:
1. Two are Better than One
Eccl 4:9-10 – Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up.
If you’ve ever needed someone than you know the value of relationships. If you’ve ever gone through tragedy, needed to move, or just needed someone to talk to, you know the truth that two are better than one.
Do I have someone in my life that could lift me up when I fall?
Many people wait until they fall, then they start calling. I “I’ve called everybody & nobody will help me!” If you get involved in a church or group & walk with people, they’ll see you falling & try to help.
The storms of life are never in the forecast, it’s not a matter of IF you’ll need others, it’s WHEN. Get involved. Serve, share, give & be made rich through people that will be there when you need them.
2. Success comes through the Wisdom of Others
Proverbs 15:22 – Plans fail when there is no counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
Proverbs 11:14 – Without guidance, people fall, but with many counselors there is deliverance.
Proverbs 24:6 – you should wage war with sound guidance– victory comes with many counselors.
We need the advice & wisdom that others have to offer. We need a circle of friends to bounce our crazy ideas off of. Our hearts are deceptive (Jeremiah 17:9). Inside our minds & hearts everything can sound perfectly normal & rational. But when it has to pass through our lips for others to hear, the lights come on. And then they can share other ways of understanding the situation or their facial expressions may tell you all you need to know.
Who do you have in your life that you can call & say: “I want to run something by you. Tell me if I’m crazy. Tell me if this sounds dumb. What would you do in this situation?”
Who do you have in your life right now that you are bouncing your hearts opinions off of? Who can tell you that you’re crazy & you not get offended?
We could avoid a lot of foolish actions, just by having a circle of friends that we’re regularly talking to about what’s going on in our lives. Other people’s advice & opinions can make us rich.
Deeper than that may be a circle that we’re accountable to:
3. Relationships EXPOSE US. Our Hearts Need Exposure
Our hearts are deceptive (Jeremiah 17:9) & there’s nothing like relationships to draw our sin & deception out & expose it for what it is. Deeper than just advice & counsel, we need people in our lives that can say to us – YOU’RE WRONG! You need to repent! And let me pray for you right now!
James 5:16 says, “confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.”
These relationships are most often built over time, slowly walking with one another, getting to know one another’s weaknesses & triggers & developing trust so that friction doesn’t cause division but healing.
Do you have these kinds of relationships in your life right now? If so, THAN YOU ARE A RICH RICH PERSON!
Now, this is also the reason many people RUN from relationships. So this is the BEST & WORST thing about relationships. They EXPOSE US. It’s why only about 2% of the population are involved in a small group right now. Our hearts FEAR exposure. It’s unnatural for us to expose ourselves & trust others. Committing to these kind of relationships force us to deal with our fear, resentments, & sin in a healthy way.
Great poverty of spirit may come at times because of relationships – as I have to acknowledge that I’m weak & wrong – but RICH wisdom & life change will be the reward.
4. Jesus Promises His Presence to those who pursue relationships in His name
Matthew 18:20 – “where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them.”
The least common denominator in Christianity is small groups of people gathered around an open Bible. Gathered around God’s will & His Word.
Who wouldn’t want this? To be have others who will be there for us. Great counselors & advisors. People that help us keep our hearts clean. AND THE PROMISE THAT GOD HIMSELF IS PRESENT! That’s the riches of relationships.
Unless we’re proud, satisfied by our sin, comforted by our resentments, fearful of the change that God might bring. At that point, the wisdom of others & presence of God will be the last thing we desire in our lives.
The riches of relationships START with HUMILITY. Admitting our need of God. Admitting our need of others.
This is UNNATURAL, what I’ve described this morning. It is! It’s SUPERNATURAL. This is the kind of relationships that a relationship with Christ empowers us to have.
Praying that you find the Riches of Relationships.Where do I start?
- Humble yourself & admit your need. All good things in the Christian life start with humility.
- Join a Small Group Bible Study at a local church.
- Ask someone you trust to mentor & hold you accountable.
Get the audio from this & other messages from Bridge Church HERE. Join us Sunday’s at 10:30am at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum in Madisonville.
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