I love the term â€˜relationalâ€™ when it speaks of how we live this walk. To me, it means to live out of relationshipsâ€”the first one with the community of Father, Son and Spirit, and then to share that experience of community with people in our lives.
I notice the term, however, is now being by people to describe house church, small groups, or even large congregations that set to be more focused on relationships. People even write me telling me they want to be more relational so they are going to start a small group in their home.
Living relationally is not about whether or not you go to a specific group. Living relationally means you recognize that God is a God of relationships and works through our relationship with him and our relationships with others. Those who are relational make room in their lives for relationships. They get to know their colleagues at work, their neighbors down the street and find time to encourage other believes, whether they are or are not on a similar journey. And when they find brothers and sisters who share their passion and hunger for the kingdom they take time to let those relationships grow, whether it is through face-to-face contact if that is possible, or even on discussion boards and email if it isnâ€™t.
Being relational is an active lifestyle, looking to engage relationships, even at the most rudimentary level to anyone that cross their path. It may only be a greeting in passing at an airport, or a conversation in the grocery store line, but it says that people are important to Father and to me and Iâ€™m going to make room in my lives for others, and watch what God does with the relationships he gives meâ€¦
Donâ€™t go this alone, or wait quietly in your home for fellowship to break out. Just live each day open-handed and gracious to everyone you can, without any agenda, and watch what God will do through you to bless others, and through others to encourage you.