Connect with others
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
How do you connect with people? Do you reach out and offer a helping hand? Do you look for ways to encourage others on to reach their goals? Or are you the kind of person that thinks all relationships are for you to benefit from? Sadly, many do not realize that the deepest relationships are those in which you have invested your time, love, and resources. In order to have a true connection with someone, your relationship needs to be more about the other person than yourself. How can I help this person accomplish their goals or even how do I encourage them through their current struggle?
Today’s key verse talks about bearing each other’s burdens. It’s the idea of walking alongside of someone through life’s ups and downs. As believers, we are to care for one another and reach out to others in a way that we become connected. In other words, our concerns, interests, and efforts are all about other people, not ourselves. This is not common, popular, or even comfortable. Reaching out to others can be risky and even painful if rejected. However, it is imperative that we take the risk, especially in the times of crisis. Now more than ever before, people are fearful and hurting. They need to hear that there is a God out there that truly loves them and gave His Son so He could have a relationship with them and get them through every adversity.
In the past it has been taught that the most important thing is to get the message of the gospel out there. People need to be saved and we need to speak the message loud and clear. That is true, but the real way to reach a person is through demonstrating the love of God. You know the old saying “actions speak louder than words?” People will not be able to hear the message of the good news until they see the actions of the Good Shepherd coming through your life.
Today I want to encourage you to make a connection with someone who is seeking, just one person at a time. Reach out to a neighbor or co-worker with a word of encouragement or helping hand. Cultivate a relationship of love with that person and let them see who Jesus really is through the way you love them not condemn them. Don’t retreat or pull back from your calling, push forward and make steps of progress every day. Advance God’s Kingdom today by showing His love to all those around you.
Today’s scripture reading: Galatians 6:1-5