We have so many relationships in life, more than we realize. Are you like me and sometimes hear yourself thinking “Oh I must get with that person” or “We should have those people over for a meal”. Nothing wrong with that, its normal and right. For many of us, the image on the right represents our behavior when it comes to relationships. A few years ago I realized that my personality type gets energy from social interactions. I enjoy being with people. But I also found at times the feeling of “being a butterfly”. With a large group of people, we can flutter from one person to the next and not have any depth. When my world was turned up side down and inside out, I saw very quickly relationships in a new way, through the model of concentric circles. It put value, order and purpose to those relationships. It also brings realism to just how many meaningful relationships we can have. I recommend going through the process of identifying who in our lives is in which circle. Also, think through where your friends and family would place themselves in your circles!
Read this today and it so resonated with me.
Salvation is not a product, but a relationship. It is not finished when one trusts Christ; it has only begun (a gate and then a road, cf. Matthew 7)! It is not a fire insurance policy, nor a ticket to heaven, but a life of growing Christlikeness. We have a proverbial saying that says the longer a couple lives together, the more they begin to look alike. This is the goal of salvation!
We hear the question “When someone is saved, are they always saved?” I wonder whether the motivation for the question is due to self.