God’s Worth It- People Are Worth It
I don’t know how to start this, and I don’t even know what I’m going to say, really. But I know I need to say something. Relationships are hard, right? They take work, time, and a lot of effort. So what does that say about God? That he’s ready and willing to put work, time, and effort into us. We just have to be ready and willing to say “yes” back to him and do the same. So that’s where I’m at I guess. I don’t know where you are on your walk with him. But I do know that sometimes things get difficult — in any relationship. You don’t spend as much time together, you neglect the person you love, you may even talk badly about them behind their back. Feelings may fade, things can get confusing, and love can seem less lovely than it had before. The thing about God is, his love is constant — it’s our part that changes sometimes.
What I’m going to touch on today is one of the reasons it’s important to be in a consistent relationship with God. Besides to glorify him, which is number one, our relationship with God allows us to be able to pour out of ourselves into other people. So what happens when we neglect our relationship with him? Well, it greatly affects our relationship with others. My roommate and I were just talking about this and she explained something to me. That it’s not for certain moments that we’re being poured into by God and thus are able to pour into others. No, it is a constant pouring out of his love and favor and grace that allows us to be able to pour out of ourselves into the ones that we love.
For my job, I work with many people in poverty who are needing jobs and wanting to better their lives. These people inspire me so much and fill my heart every day. But it’s hard. It’s so hard that I almost wanted to throw in the towel and give up because I felt I wasn’t strong enough to take on their burdens as well as my own. Then I looked around me at all of my friends and the people God placed in my life. These people were allowing God to pour into them, making them strong enough to take on the many burdens that I had — the burdens I needed help carrying that I couldn’t take on my own. God gave me these people at the exact time when I needed them. So here I was, about to quit on the people I had grown to love so much because I was feeling weak and tired and scared and alone. And what did God say to me? When you are tired, rest, but do not quit. So I didn’t. I turned to Jesus and asked him to fill me with strength in order that I may move forward and continue loving the people who so desperately needed to be loved.
Now that I got past that point of wanting to quit, I’m slowly starting to see how important it is that we let God pour into us every day, even multiple times a day, in very real ways. It is so important to surround ourselves with wisdom, community, and the Word so that we may grow and be vessels of light to the hurting people around us, just as we would expect others to be there for us. God created us as relational beings, here to take care of one another and support each other in our struggles. But I think the coolest part of that is that we can’t do that just by ourselves. We need the greater Love to pour into us every day through Scripture, prayer, and worship so that we can be who we need to be for others. Our relationship with God is the root through which everything else may grow and prosper.