A Web of Relationships (Mark 12:30)

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A Harvard Business School professor wrote an open letter to the nation’s graduates. He told them that in one sense they needed to forget what they had learned in school. He said that schools tend to put too much emphasis on the idea that success comes a result of passing tests. The professor pointed that in the workplace doing well depends largely on a learning to succeed in what he called a “web of relationships” – the ability to cooperate with others and function as an effective team.

This truth also applies to living the Christian life. We often think that spiritually maturity and success result from how much we know about biblical facts and principles.

Jesus showed us, however, that real success comes from something else – from loving one another in the same way He loved us. He made it clear that we can do this only if we “abide” in Him (John 15:7). This means that we must stay close to Him through prayer and willingly obey His commands (v. 10). Our web of relationships must extend first to God and then to others.

The secret of spiritual success is not just in acquiring individual knowledge – it’s in combining that knowledge with love in all our relationships. – Mart De Haan

Lord, help us learn from what You did
When You lived on this earth;
You spread Your love to all You met –
You gave each one true worth. – Branon

As Christians draw close to Christ, they draw closer to one another.
– September 29, Vol. 11, Our Daily Bread