Relationships Matter

I’ve been reading No Cape Required: 52 Ways to Unleash Your Inner Hero by Kristen Parrish as a weekly devotional. Parrish uses pop culture heroes to illustrate themes and characteristics Christians should embrace in their daily lives and walks with Jesus.  The first, naturally focused on Superman’s quest for Justice. This week’s was on friendships, as exhibited in the relationship between Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock in the original series version of Star Trek.

As I have been thinking about that theme, I am reminded that humans were created to be relational.  We were created first of all to have a relationship with our God (Genesis 1:26-27). He also created us to have relationships with each other (Genesis 2:18).  God Himself exists in a perpetual relationship with the other Persons of the Trinity (the Son and the Holy Spirit). The Trinity – three Persons existing as One Whole – is an immense mystery, but it testifies to this fact.  If we are, in fact, created in God’s image, then we were created to live in perpetual relationship with each other.

Sin  - the active rebellion against God – is, by its very nature, a breakdown in the relationship between people and God (Genesis 3:9). It also leads to the destruction of relationships between families and friends (Genesis 3:16).

The temptation for geeks and nerds is to protect ourselves from mocking and teasing by withdrawing from people and building up walls to keep others out.  But as we prevent others from getting to close we inadvertently are also keeping God out.  While it may be difficult at times to open ourselves up to being hurt, it is critical for our redemption – for our restoration to full humanity as we were created to be – that we be relational.

Relationships matter.

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