What is that one act that is most neglected but most needed?
This one act takes time. It is often the one act we claim we don’t have time for. It makes us slow our pace. It causes us to sacrifice our wants. It demands selflessness. It requires energy and focus. It should be our one core value above all others. It’s God’s core value. It’s His one act that changes a life forever. It’s this one act that makes Christianity different from all other religions. In fact this one act is so valuable, that without it many will feel lonely, hopeless; they will embrace depression, are filled with anxiety, are tempted to commit suicide, and are on the brink of death forever.
The challenge is this, we are so busy; we neglect this one thing that is most vital in life. It is this one thing we take with us into our future, our old age, our eternity! Our memories retain this one thing. All else is rubbish.
I have learned so much over the years, and now that I am 50 years old, I can look back and see that the most powerful part of my life are the relationships I have made. Those relationships have been the instrumental tool that God has used to help others see His love for them. I can also look back at the busy times in my life where I did not focus much on relationships and this hurt my influence in those most dear to me.
We can become quite consumed with the good things; we “Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there.” (Isaiah 28:10). In the busy stage of our life, when work demands are high, when children are in school and are growing so quickly, it is easy to get busy with good things that often are the wrong things. If we stop long enough, we can see that we spend enormous amounts of time doing good things that are the wrong things. We can see that they are wrong by the measure of influence they have on people. If what we do is not influencing people with the love of Christ and His message of salvation, we’ve been doing too many good things that are quite possibly the wrong things – it’s time for a change.
Relationships are the key to change. They leverage all we do. It should be our main core value. Like I said earlier, this one act of relationship is God’s core value, why would He want us to be different? Jesus is the One who paved the way for this one act of relationship for us. His blood, his death and His resurrection tore the curtain of good things and make a way for the best thing – an personal relationship with God. It’s in this one most incredible act that allows God to be with us, to sympathize with our weakness, to meet our very desperate need for intimacy and makes us feel apart vs. a part.
If we do life His way, the way of relationship, we will be “that person who is like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in season (naturally and seamlessly) and we will have leaves that do not wither (an influence that keeps influencing) and whatever we do we will prosper.” (Psalm 1:3). We will see the immeasurably more that God wants us to experience! Not just the marginally accepted that the most settle for. Marginal satisfies for a moment, but immeasurably more completes us for all eternity.
Make time for relationships today. Don’t rush through life so fast that you lose your power of influence. Make God’s way the good thing you do. In the end, people will call you blessed not because you’re awesome, but because you took the time to make them feel awesome.