Christians look up to Jesus as an example of how to live their lives. Gaining Christlikeness is a goal that has been hammered home by countless sermons. All through His earthly ministry, Jesus was accompanied by His disciples. God created fellowships so that you wouldn’t have to face adversity alone. In this article, we will discuss the five most important spiritual relationships every Christian should make.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
Without God, you are nothing. A relationship with God is unquestionably necessary. Entering into a relationship with God and embracing Christ as our personal Lord and Savior is the essence of Christianity. You can establish an authentic relationship with Him by praying to Him, reading the Bible, and obeying His commands.
“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7
Paul is an excellent role model for a mentor. Consider the “Pauls” in your life to be spiritually mature brothers and sisters in Christ. In other words, find a good mentor that is trustworthy and is willing to guide you, pray for you, and offer you counsel. The Bible encourages readers to look to these figures for guidance.
“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24
These are the people who are your close friends who know you and encourage you to become a better Christian. They’re there to help you with your spiritual relationship with God, offering you a listening ear and correcting you when you need it. These people are willing to help you through thick and thin. They have seen the real you but are still willing to stay and grow with you.
“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.” 2-1Pet.5.3" class="scriptRef">1 Peter 5:2–3 2
“Timothy” is a younger Christian whom you can mentor. The Lord has tasked us with making disciples of all nations. You are encouraged to find someone in whom you are willing to invest your energy in order to guide them to spiritual maturity, as Paul did to Timothy.
5. “Samaritan Woman” or “Rich Young Ruler”
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
These individuals reflect the unbelievers in our lives. It’s great to hang out with Paul, Barnabas, and Timothy, but it’s also crucial to build rapport with people like the “Samaritan Woman” or the “Rich Young Ruler.” It is our responsibility as Christ’s followers to proclaim the good news and save the lost. Having a connection makes it easier to influence people into accepting Christ in their lives.
Building relationships with the appropriate individuals can help you on your spiritual path. We should seek out meaningful relationships with others, just as Jesus did. It is how we demonstrate our obedience to God and His instructions. Bible teaching encourages us to interact with those who don’t share our faith in the hopes of winning them to Christ. Visit the Bible Portal to learn more about spiritual relationships.