How Does Your Relationship with God Impact Others?
"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:12
In reading the Scriptures this week, I was enlightened to something I really hadn’t thought about in the past. My walk with Christ can be a selfish one, even in my deeds. I say this because I forget my relationship can impact others.
Your walk with Christ isn’t just about you. Having and maintaining a relationship with Christ is one of the most remarkable privileges afforded to us by our Father. He has called us to Himself, and we are justified by Christ’s work on the cross. As we grow in our faith, we are taught spiritual discipline, to pray, to spend time in the Word, and to develop to be more Christ-like in the sanctification process. Our growth doesn’t just benefit us, but the way we live our lives bleeds over on our children, our friends, and our family.
As we grow, people watch us. People watch how we handle blessings and tragedies; they watch how we deal with temptation and anger. Our growth isn’t seen or showed as prideful legalism but as a genuine matter of the heart, and when we surrender that over to Christ, it shows others not that we are better, but how graceful and merciful God is.
As others watch us through the years, they don’t see a God who requires perfection. If we are transparent in our walk, and we are intentional about spiritual discipline and maintaining that relationship with God, it spills over to those around us. What do people see just by observing your walk with Christ? Is He being glorified and is your relationship spilling over to others? I pray as you walk, as you make decisions, and as you spend time with your Heavenly Father, remember there is perception all around. May the God of grace be glorified.
Father, I thank You for your finished work on the cross. Help me to not just magnify You indeed but by my relationship with You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
How is your relationship with Christ? Is your relationship with Him impacting others?