Relational and Spiritual People
The Emotional and Physical corners of you go hand-in-hand, because they both deal with how you treat yourself. The Spiritual and Relational corners of you go hand-in-hand, because they both deal with how you deal with everyone but you. The first two are important because you spend your entire life with yourself! You need to know how to properly treat the person you spend your entire life with!
But the way you treat others is important because life does NOT revolve around you. The way you treat others and the way you treat God are some of the most important things about you, and it’s crucial that we get this right!
I am a Relational Person
Currently, there are about 7.6 billion people in the world. In case you’re unaware of how big a number that is, you could have the entire world’s population walk in a single file line, and shake each of their hands; the line would never end, because in the time it took for you to get from one end to the other, an brand new generation of babies would grow up and learn to walk and talk and read. If you were to count every person living on our planet, naming every single number from one to seven billion, it would take over 100 years to count that high, even if you don’t stop to eat, drink, sleep or breathe. There’s a lot of people in this world, and you need to learn how to relate to them.
We have been called and commissioned by God to love our neighbor. Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God with all of our hearts and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourself. How exactly do we do that? There’s people out there that are really hard to get along with!
In what’s widely regarded as the best sermon ever preached, Jesus gave a great message that was unlike any message people had ever heard. Many people today would even hate what He had to say then, but it rings true today now more than ever!
In Matthew 5, Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you."
Wow! One of the best things you can do to those who disagree with, is just listening to them! If someone wants something from you, give it to them. Who would have thought that Jesus would be the one to say “do not resist an evil person!”
The truth is, life does not revolve around us. When we let other people get their way, even if it doesn’t always seem right, God gets exalted.
When I was younger, I thought that people need to see me wear clothing with Bible verses, or I need to carry my Bible around, or that I need to post Bible verses on social media in order for them to know Who it is I follow. But the really, the world should know who I follow by how I LOVE people!
But everyone loves their friends. Everyone from muslims to hinduists to atheists, criminals to judges to drug dealers; everyone loves their friends. But the people who are against you, those who you disagree with, Jesus tells us to love those people, too.
The way you grow as a Relational Person is to love people, especially the ones who see the world a little differently than you.
I am A Spiritual Person
“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and Truth.” - John 4:24
Many people have lived great lives by mastering the Relational, Emotional and Physical corners. But you are incomplete if you ignore the Spiritual!
When I was younger, I would hear someone say “I’m not religious, but I am spiritual.” It was always a hippie who rejected all organized constructs of religion, but believed in some sort of greater power in the universe. These people were really weird.
Let me break this to you: being spiritual shouldn’t be that weird! You have a Creator, and He wants to talk with you! This is what being spiritual is about!
When we pray, here in this physical world, God’s hand moves and changes things in the Spiritual world, which causes change here again in the physical. The Bible compares the Spiritual world to an atmosphere.
Our atmosphere has a certain level of nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide. The nitrogen makes our sky blue, the oxygen allows us to breath, and the carbon dioxide allows plants to grow. Well our spiritual atmosphere has certain powers and principalities. When people become angry and hateful, it’s because of an evil, demonic influence in that person’s spirit. But when a person has joy peace and kindness, it’s because of the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said when we pray, and “bind, or loose things on earth,” that God will “bind, or loose” things in heaven too. So when you pray against the feelings of anger you may be experiencing, God moves and takes away those spiritual things that are causing you to feel angry.
The enemy of your soul is doing everything he can right now to keep you from praying, because he knows that’s how God works. Praying is what makes you grow as a Spiritual person. God will not work in your life until you ask Him to!
Will you ask God to work in your heart and in your life today?