True Relationship

The Sunday before last, Pastor Dave said something that spoke to me and reminded me of something I’ve been wanting to share from my trip to Israel. He said, “Christ’s voice calls us to True Relationship.”

Out of all the places we were to visit, I was most excited to see Masada. This was one of Herod’s grandest palaces and places of refuge built high on top of an isolated rock plateau.

Can you imagine the 10’s of thousands of slaves that built this and what it took to do so way back then?  --what did it take to keep the select, important, upper class fed and pampered?  The slaves walked miles and miles to carry provisions for building and for maintaining, and if something wasn’t quite right or perfect, the slaves were put to death.  The world back then was a dysfunctional understanding—across the board—of who was who.  Who had importance and power -- and who didn’t.

So, can you, now, picture Jesus coming along and telling everyone that we are all equal and to love each other as ourselves?  What a scuttle this must have caused, and it is no wonder the Herod’s of the time and upper echelon Rabbis were a lotta ticked off.  Jesus’s meaning of True Relationship is that the lower classes were just as important and deserved rights and respect. 

It hit me:  nothing has changed since the time Herod! 

Think of all our strained relationships or conversations; they stem from one person trying to manipulate another.  One person is trying to enforce dominance over the other.   One person thinks they are the Herod and that they deserve to be higher over the other.  I can think of many situations where a co-worker’s ego has gotten in the way and has caused them to enforce something “really silly” or even hurtful.  Then think of a relationship or conversation where there is love and win/win and synergy—the way Jesus intended. 

I truly believe when it comes to conflicts in the world and in our daily lives, it comes down to either you have the point of view of Christ’s True Relationship or you don’t. 

Ephesians 4:2-3 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

John 15:16 “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to show the way for us – the meaning of a True Relationship.  May we spend our lives being humble, gentle, patient, and loving.  Remind us to ask ourselves, “what would Jesus do?”.  Amen.

Jill Maclay

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