Ever ask yourself just exactly HOW am I supposed to live my life? Not, “what do I do” or “where do I go” but – HOW do I live?!

One of my favorite verses is Micah 6:8, and it answers that very question – we read “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

The Message says it in a very applicational way – “But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously.”

So – what does this mean? Well, you’ve probably heard me say it before… and I say it often – “It’s all about relationships!”

I believe that with all my heart, and I’m completely sold out to this principle of relationship!

You see, all of us – all people – have been created by God to be people of relationship. We are “social beings.” It’s just not normal – and certainly not “healthy” – to be alone, living a “hermit” styled life. In Genesis 2:18, God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone…” so God created a companion for man – woman – so that he could have a right relationship.

It’s been said that “The Kingdom of God is a kingdom of right relationships!”

There’s a three-fold principle of proper relationship – and, if we don’t embrace and put into action this principle of proper relationship, we can never be all that God intends us to be – as individuals, as well as collectively as a church.
The first “right relationship” we must have is UPWARD – we must have a proper relationship with the Lord. 1 John 1:3 tells us that we are to have “fellowship with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”
The second “right relationship” necessary for each of us is INWARD – having a proper relationship with others in the church, in the body of Christ. Jesus gave us a “new commandment” John chapter 13, saying, “…Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
And, third, and unfortunately all-too-often overlooked, is OUTWARD – the need for us to have a proper relationship with those who are not yet believers in Christ – those outside the church. In Luke 19:10, Jesus tells us He “came to seek and save the lost.” And the same Jesus who came to serve and to save then says to us in John 20:21, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
Be sure to join us each Sunday in March here at Valley Chapel, as we grow in Him, and together discover that…
Music courtesy Jeff Duffield – “Can’t Ever Forget” from his new release “Forever-green”