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Relationships. Relationships. Relationships.

Forget reading, writing, and arithmetic… relationships are key, and it starts with your relationship with Christ.

Your Relationship With Jesus

If Jesus isn’t famous in your life, then He won’t be famous in the lives of the ones your are reaching. Pretty simple. Your relationship with Jesus is the example.

Faith is more than just believing… Faith is more than just a relationship… James 2:17 tells us that faith without works is dead… so…   Faith not only prays, it pursues. Are you pursuing Jesus? Before you can have a great relationship with others… you need to have a great relationship with Jesus. Love God, then love others.

Your Relationship with Students

You will cease to have an impact if don’t have a relationship with the people you are trying to reach. How can you relate if you don’t relate? Getting to know your students is the most important thing for your relationship, and your impact. Do they live with both parents? Do they have any siblings? Are they the oldest, youngest? Do they have a boyfriend or girlfriend? What is their home life like? Do they get along with their parents?

The more you know about them, the more you can converse about their situation, familiarize yourself with them, and show Jesus to them.

They better they know you, the greater the impact. Do they see how you treat your children? Do they see how you treat your spouse? Do they see how you process decisions? You are the example. Get out there and get to know your students and allow them to get to know you.

Your Relationship with Family

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her
Ephesians 5:25

Don’t forget your spouse. Your relationship with your spouse should be an example of Christ. Your students might not have the best example at home. Some might come from a single parent home, and you and your spouse are the only time they see the example of marriage.

Your family should be your number one ministry priority. Not having a genuine Christ-centered relationship with your spouse and children will eventually surface. Ephesians 5:25 doesn’t say love the church just as Christ did. It says love your wives, just as Christ loved the church.

A great relationship with the Lord will translate into great relationships with people. Great relationships set the Christ-like example in the eyes of your students or anyone you are trying to reach.

I read this quote the other day:

“Aim to be an example that people can aspire to, while still being a person that people can relate to.”

In a nutshell, this is leadership.

Jesus is one that we aspire to be like, and He is also someone that we can relate to.

Many great leaders are easy to aspire to be like. Some have great poise. Others use great words. Most have the ability to get people into action and make a difference.

The problem is that many great leaders set themselves apart from their followers. And that makes them hard to relate to.

That’s not Jesus.

We should always remember that no matter our influence, the people we influence want to relate with us. That’s why we have relationships.

Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12, “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

Also… 1 Peter 5:3 “…be examples to the flock”

Great words for all young (or young at heart) leaders.