According to me, there are a variety of different types of relationships. In this article, we will look at three in particular:
Let us start with the one I think most people probably have.
A Buddy –
This is someone that is usually only part of your life when all is well, but as soon as things start to go haywire, they are nowhere to be found.
It is like a little boy who has no friends. At school, he will always sit alone during the lunch breaks, but one day he arrives with a large bag of sweets, and suddenly a large crowd of kids surrounding.
Filled with joy, he immediately starts sharing all of his delicious treats with all of them. However, to his dismay, once the treats were done, all his newly found friends were gone, like mist before the sun, and all was back as usual.
A Friend –
Now, these are not easily found. I always say that should any person lift up his hand and say he has many friends, he or she is most probably one of the richest persons you will find.
This is the type of person who will stand by you irrespective of how much you have or not.
Unfortunately, you will only find out who he or she is once you’ve lost everything in life.
I am fortunate to have such a friend. Sometimes I see him very often, sometimes once a month. Should circumstances be that I can only see him over a couple of years again, we will remain friends, the time and distance won’t change anything.
Now we come to an entirely different type of relationship:
A husband and wife –
In contrast to the friend, it will just not work should you only see her once every now and then.
For she is like, some call it, your other half, sole mate, someone you can’t live without. In this relationship, there is this hunger to see your spouse. You can’t wait for the day to go by to get home to be with her. Sometimes just being in the presence of that person is fulfilling enough, just to know he or she is there.
Genesis 2:24 KJV – “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
In order to get to such a point in this relationship, you need to have another relationship. I love to give this example to couples on the brink of marriage.
A marriage is like a triangle.
The husband on the bottom left, wife bottom right, and God top centre.
Notice the distance between husband and wife. Should one of them come to the point that Jesus should be the centre of his or her life and decides to move up, the distance between husband and wife stays the same, and they are still far apart from each other.
The only way for them to reduce the distance between them will be when both of them move simultaneously up to Jesus until they reach the point where they will be truly one in Christ.
But in order to move up, one first needs to go down.
There was this little girl who once told her parents that the Lord’s pantry is filled with the most delicious treats and the beauty of it all is that it’s not only for children, grown-ups can also enjoy, all they need to do is to go down on their knees.
James 4:10 KJV – “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
My question now is, in what type of relationship are we as Christians with God?
The mirror side of a buddy to only know Him when times are tough?
A friend, where we are satisfied only to see him on Sundays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc., or are we in a love relationship with Him like husband and wife, where we can’t be without Him, to constantly hear His voice, and to be in His presence at all time.
Do our lives revolve around Him, or the world?
Psalm 63:1 KJV – “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is”
If we are serious about our Christian-ship, we then need to decide where God fits into our lives, and we need to do it quickly for time as we know it is running out faster than most realize.
Hebrews 10:37-39 KJV – “For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”
The author of this article, Robbie Robertson, resides in South Africa with his wife of 34 years, Suzette. The Lord has blessed them with two children LeRoy 28, Celeste 33 and a son-in-law, Pierre.
Formerly a Catholic, Robbie became a Christian when he and his wife were married. Three years ago, he asked his then minister and dear friend, where in the Bible he could find the Rapture? When he was told that the Rapture was not anywhere in Scripture, Robbie did not merely accept that answer. That is where his journey started… His main goal is to open the eyes of as many people as possible to receive the eternal gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ.