VEHICLE No. 3 [RELATIONSHIPS]
On July 1, 1903, 60 cyclists set off from Paris. After more than 2,400 km of cycling, at an average speed of 25.7 kmh, they returned on July 19 in a competition won by Maurice Garin of France. The Tour de France had been born!
Today this race is considered by many to be the greatest athletic test in the world. What’s amazing about this race is that hidden behind every great winner is a great team. If you study this race closely, you’ll see that it’s the sacrifice and hard work of an entire team that allows one man to win in the end. A recent Tour de France winner was quoted as saying, “The only part of this yellow jersey that belongs to me is the zipper.”
Whether it’s a world-class bike race or just day-to-day living, you need a good team around you. As you examine relationships in your life, know that they will either push you closer to God or pull you farther away from Him. This RELATIONSHIP vehicle is not to be taken lightly, as it has the ability to take you somewhere far more significant than into the Winner’s Circle in France. If you’ll allow it to, this vehicle will take you into a life-altering connection with God himself. For you to focus on this vehicle, you will no doubt have to start asking some tough questions.
Relationally, how do I know from whom I should be backing away?
How do I know who I should be pursuing a relationship with?
God’s Word will help you make these crucial decisions.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16 (NIV)
James, who was the half-brother of Jesus, describes what a godly relationship should look like. It’s one where two people confess their sins to each other, pray for each other, and push one another closer to a life-changing connection with God. Proverbs says it like this:
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)
Godly relationships make each involved person better, sharper, and more prepared to experience the kind of life that God has in store for each one of them. God wants this spiritual vehicle to propel you into an authentic and life-altering connection with Him, now it’s up to you whether you allow that to happen or not.
Movement Day 17
- Ask yourself these tough questions about your current relationships:
- Is this someone I can confess my sins to?
- Do we pray together and for each other about these struggles in life?
- Are my current relationships “sharpening” me?
- Ask God to help you come to some groundbreaking conclusions today and ask Him to help you to begin cultivating the types of relationships that will actually help you get to where you really want to go in life.
- MATTHEW 17
- PROVERBS 17
- Write down one thought.
Your God-given future is at stake here. Your ability to establish a real relationship with God will be affected one way or the other by your other relationships. Make the tough relational calls now, so that you can reap the benefits later.