A Word in Passing - November 2019
"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,
that all of them may be one." John 17:20-21
Developing relationships in church isn't always easy. That's because Christians - both old and new - are far
from perfect! There's always the possibility you'll get hurt, especially by those you may feel nearest and
dearest to. It's therefore important to keep a right perspective and have the right priority in your relationship(s).
Ultimately, toil and labourship in discipleship mustn't be vested in your love for them or in their love for you.
People will disappoint you, let you down, hurt you. No, ultimately, your love and all that flows from that love
must be vested in Jesus. He is our sure hope. He is the One who will bring us to perfection. It is in Him and
through Him that we will one day become all that we were created and have been called to be. It's in Him and
through Him that we can best relate to each other on kingdom terms, at the kingdom level of love.
Our relationship with Jesus is the essential, vital, incomparabble relationship. And it's that relationship that
best feeds and influences every other relationship we have. When we truly know Jesus we truly know ourselves
and it's that Christ-centred perspective that best equips and enables us to truly know and relate to others as well.