Four reasons to invest in relationships
By Rob Wiltshire
Leadership requires us to connect with and if you’re doing it right…care for people. That means we invest into the lives of the people around us, loving on them, caring for them, helping them, supporting them, etc.
One of the great blessings of leading people is seeing them grow, develop and move on from where they are.
So, with that thought in mind I want you to do something for me.
For just a moment remove from your mind self-modesty and reflect on someone who through you being in and investing into their lives, they have gone from strength to strength.
Now, while you are reflecting, consider this thought. Chances are without your relationship with them that person wouldn’t be where they are today without your investing into them.
Feel free to re-apply your self-modesty
Now that you have put back on your self-modesty let me ask you this question… “Who are you allowing to invest into you?”
Relationship is fundamental for your growth for a number of reasons. And it’s important the more you grow as a leader the more you all people to invest into you who think completely differently to you.
So here are 4 reasons to invest in relationships
4 reasons to invest in relationships
1) Relationships support us
Romans 12:15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.
No one can take care of everything by themselves. When the world looks dark, nothing is more valuable than the support of people we love. They encourage us to keep going, they walk with us through trouble, and they share our burdens with us.
2) Relationships fill us with joy through giving
Acts 20:35b You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
Giving and relationship is inseparable; there is no genuine relationship without giving. When we give we not only bless someone else, we bless ourselves.
Whether we are giving our time, attention, money, or just a smile, a genuine relationship requires us to give.
3) Relationships set us up for success
Which advice will you listen to, the one from someone you don’t know, or from someone you love?
It’s the latter of course because; their words sink deep into our heart, not just our mind.
It’s through relationship we allow people to speak into our lives and help us miss potential hazards in life.
4) Relationship strengthen our relationship with Jesus
We never arrive in our relationship with Jesus and that is possibly perfectly highlighted through our relationships.
People will have a different theology and revelation of who God is than what you do. This isn’t a negative, but rather it’s an opportunity to grow in relationship with Jesus together as we study and challenge one another. Which is the importance of our link groups.
None of the above advice is rocket science or something we haven’t heard before. Its just good to be reminded of.