A lacking relationship will be found void of patient compassion, unexplainable love and a willingness to be honest even in the face of certain rejection and abandonment. If all things shall be measured against the model of Jesus Christ in relation to how He spoke, how He responded and how He reacted in every circumstance of His life then friendships and relationships of every kind, type and manner can also be put through this filter, too. For every life circumstance that humans might possibly face, Jesus has given us an example both spiritually AND practically of how to navigate through each one.
In Jesus, we find a friend who laid down His life and gave of Himself everything – literally – leaving nothing behind, holding nothing back for us or from us. And yet, He knew the importance of a balanced relationship, never allowing them to keep Him from His mission and His purpose. Jesus never devalued friendships and relationships, He put them in their proper places. He always made time for people but often it required THEM following Him, not the other way around. Jesus never followed people, people followed Jesus. He is mission – oriented and His focus is on the task and vision at hand. What’s beautiful about Jesus is… WE are His mission and His vision, so in the end everything really does center around us: our well – being, our growth, our development as His followers, His friends, His children, His disciples. With this mind-set, Jesus is able to speak Truthfully to us, whether we wish to hear it or not. He is capable of showing great compassion, great restraint and at times even harsh admonishment and discipline when we stumble. He called out Peter when Peter told Jesus He didn’t need to go to the cross; he chastised His disciples when they became overcome by fear during a boat ride and woke up a napping Jesus; He rebuked them when they fell asleep at a crucial moment in the garden of Gethsemane; He didn’t rush to save John the Baptist, His cousin and Jesus was even “late” in arriving when His dear friend, Lazarus, got sick and then died. He told His parents, when they rebuked Him for not staying with them, “I am about my Father’s business” and that was that.
There is no lacking in Jesus’ relationship with me, but there is still a great deal lacking in my relationship with Him. As a result, there is lacking in all other relationships in my life. Let nothing lack, here, and you will be found lacking nothing. As His Spirit reveals the knowledge and power of God to us embrace the wisdom that He longs to impart to you daily. Peace, SAG
1 Corinthians 2:6-16
6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.
7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.
8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”-
10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.
13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.
16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.