People are the most valuable thing on the planet, and of all the things we are called to steward well, relationships are the most important.
When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, he replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is, love your neighbour as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these’ (Mark 12:30).
The attention and thought we give others should match that which we give ourselves. For some reason, many of us get this priority out of order. We order our lives in accordance to what is most productive, comfortable, and profitable for us. Yet our highest, most fulfilling purpose is to lay down our lives first for God, and second for others. We are called to leave a legacy, not short-term fulfillment of selves.
Jesus set the standard as He was always ‘looking out for the interests of others’ (Philippians 2:4), in everything He did, literally to the point of death.
Maybe you are good at putting others first in your job, but neglect the people closest to you.
You’re only as Christ-like as you are to those closest to you. How do you treat your family and close friends? What would those who see you at your best and worst say about you? It’s easy to be our best selves on public platforms like social media, and around acquaintances, but let those who know us thoroughly testify of our character and ability to love them! Listen to them carefully, and encourage them often, and don’t take them for granted.
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
A daily devotion for a better way of living.