What is our motivation for pursuing relationships? To clarify, I mean any relationships including those that center on business, politics, love, friendship, and family. When it comes down to it, most of us are motivated to pursue these relationships, because we NEED something from the relationship. We expect that relationship…. aka that person… to meet our needs.
But, can ANY human relationship EVER satisfy our greatest needs?
When I look back at the relationships, I worked so hard to build over the years—not one of them was as satisfying as I expected. Don’t get me wrong—my family, friends, and professional relationships are among my most valued treasures in my life! However, God is teaching me an important lesson about my motivation and it radically enriches all of my relationships!
When my primary motivation for a relationship is to glorify God, I am NEVER disappointed!
How does this work?
Well, we were created to be only satisfied by God. Thus, we will never be able to fully enjoy a relationship with another person unless we are being satisfied by God. This is how we were designed. Thus, when God is satisfying us, our relationships become less mercenary. They are not a means to satisfy ourselves. Rather, the relationship is an opportunity to glorify God by giving to them the way God gives to us. We bring more to the table than we take away.
My friend, no human can satisfy the need we have for God.
Stop and consider the profoundly wonderful implications upon our communities, countries, and the world if people didn’t exploit each other to achieve their own self-satisfaction! If we were so full of God’s presence that love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness, humility, and wisdom poured out of our life, we would have an infinite supply to both glorify God AND to be free to give them to others. This is how God intended for humanity to live.
We were not created for the low purpose of selfish living; rather, we were created for the high purpose of loving to the glory of God, who is love.
Instead of spending thousands of dollars and sacrificing hundreds of hours pursuing another HUMAN, we should passionately pursue a relationship with GOD. After we are born again, we should draw closer to Him and love Him with all our heart, soul and mind. He then changes our motivations towards others. When we are full, that fullness overflows into all the relationships we have with others.
“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”Psalms 16:11
“If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday.
The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”Isaiah 58:10-11
Our relationship with God is the only relationship which completely satisfies us; therefore, all of our best relationships are centered in Him.
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Thank you so much for this devotion on relationships. I really got a lot out of this. Keep them coming!!!❤️
Amen! God is so good to teach us!
Thank you for this l love this one all of are very good but some do my heart better than others.
Praise God—-it’s such a blessing to see Him working!
Good 👍 morning Kimberly, I love this 😀 ❤️! I’m just getting better health wise. I can walk 🚶♀️ and do somethings for myself again. I know God is trying to Slow 🐌 me down. I push till I can’t do anything. I’m thinking at 76 years young, my body is right ✅️. my mind says yes, keep going, but my body says STOP. HA HA HA. Have a blessed day 🙏 ✨️ 💕 💛 💖.