Will Your Relationships Last Forever?
—by Pastor Don Weeks, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
Are all our human relationships are eternal? Relationships may be estranged or flourishing, but, do two people, once acquainted have an eternal relationship? I will always be my mother’s son, and my children will always be my children. How sad it will be though in the day of reckoning, when many relationships will be severed. Some will pass on to be with Christ and others who rejected Christ will suffer eternal torment without Him. Christ is the center of all enduring relationships, both in this life and in the life to come.
It’s interesting, isn’t it, how the disciples, Peter, James and John recognized Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration, as we call it. How in the world did they recognize these men from the Old Testament. Obviously they did not have any photographs of these men. That is a mystery to me. Still, I believe I will recognize my dad in heaven without any trouble whatsoever. I just know that I will know him. Because my dad is in Christ and I am in Christ, our relationship will live as long as Jesus Christ—and that would be forever. Our relationship is an everlasting relationship in Christ.
Here’s a question for you. What makes our relationships on earth the sweetest? I believe when we look back, there are seven things that make our relationships sweet.
- Enjoying good times together.
- Enduring hard times together.
- Engaging in casual conversation together.
- Endeavoring together to accomplish a worthwhile goal.
- Empowering the other at the expense of one’s own wants or desires.
- Enduring a time apart and then reuniting.
- Existing through an argument and then coming back together again afterward.
With something as complex has human relationships, there are an infinite number of things that make relationships special and sweet. Perhaps the sweetest and most amazing things that occur between two people cannot even be explained. But looking back on my life I recognize these seven for sure.
Your daily practical task
How are you doing on your memory verse. I tried to recite Colossians 3:16-17 yesterday from memory, and I am almost there. Keep writing it in your notebook…you’ve got 17 days left to memorize those verses. You can do it.
Think of a special relationship in your life. Write down that person’s name in your notebook. It does not have to be a spouse, necessarily — consider any relationship, even if that person is no longer in your life for one reason or another. Death may press the pause button on our relationships, but if both parties are in Christ, the relationship will play in high-definition again for all eternity. All relationships forged in Christ are eternal. I am not going against what Jesus said,
Matthew 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
My point is that if Peter recognized Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration, those of us who know Jesus will know our loved ones in Christ for as long as they live—that’s right, eternally.
Pray and ask God to help you think about a very special relationship in your life. Write down a few thoughts for each of the following situations:
- Think of a time when you laughed together.
- Think of a time when you cried, or endured something very difficult together.
- Think of a time when you talked together. Can you remember the conversation?
- Think of a time when you accomplished something together.
- Can you think of a time when one of you gave up their wants or desires for the benefit of the other?
- How about a time you had to spend apart for whatever reason. Did you miss each other? Was it sweet when you were reunited? Jot down some thoughts.
- Lastly, was there ever a time when you disagreed sharply, and then reconciled? Write down your thoughts.
Now, go through the list again and consider your relationship with Christ. He should be our most special relationship, amen? I wonder if we really consider our relationship with Christ as a real relationship. As believers, it is the most real and most special relationship we have.
We do all kinds of things, or at least we should, to strengthen our earthly relationships with others. In light of eternity, there is no doubt that your earthly relationships are meaningful and should be nurtured and cared for. But please do not neglect your relationship with Christ.
If we desire Christ to increase, we must not neglect our relationship with Him! Let’s do what we can to enrich all our relationships, especially our most important eternal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
As always, we welcome your thoughts. Feel free to answer the following question in the comment section below: What makes your relationship with Christ special to you? Or, what do you do to make your relationship with Christ special? Or, what does Christ do to make His relationship with you special? Now, that’s a great question, and I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thank you.
Have a great day today, enriching your relationships with others and with Christ!
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