How’s your progress? I can vividly remember our girls getting their progress report in school. The progress report let us know what they needed to improve on before the report card came out at the end of the marking period. It served as a “wake-up call” to know if there were missed assignments, if more studying was required for the tests, or if extra credit was needed to get their grade to the desired “A” before time ran out.
Wouldn’t it be nice if God sent us progress reports periodically, to let us know how we are doing as a disciple of Christ? Yet, when Jesus walked the earth, He did tell us what we would be graded on.
Matthew 22:37-39 (TLB)
Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: ‘Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.’
When life is over, God’s report cards will contains three categories that we will be graded on:
- How did we relate to God?
- How did we relate to ourselves?
- How did we relate to others?
Is God at the center of our life? Are we loving him and living for him? Are we getting to know Him through the pages of Scripture? In this fast-paced world with so many distractions, we have to determine to keep Him first.
Are we loving ourselves? I know, this is one we tend to skip over and go right to loving our neighbors. But too many of us put ourselves down and neglect taking care of ourselves emotional and physically. We need to love ourselves because we are His daughters, fearfully and wonderfully made. We seek out self-respect; security and significance for ourselves then make sure our neighbor has those same things.
Our relationships give us an opportunity to show God’s love to others, starting with the ones that bring us delight or the ones we love out of duty, or even the ones that get on our last nerve. Jesus calls us to love and to serve.
Jesus came and died for all humanity. Let’s make sure we are “progressing well” by
being intentional to pour into our relationships and place a high priority on them.
If God put it at the top of His list, we should as well.
Relationships. Relationships. It’s why we are here. To love.