Have you ever known someone who only contacted you when they wanted something from you? How does that make you feel? Not great, I’ll bet. No one likes having others determine our value based solely by what we can do for them. That’s certainly not how strong relationships are built.
As a Christian, I wonder how often I’ve treated God this same way. How often have I contacted Him only to request He do something for me? While scripture is clear that God wants to do good things for us, it is also clear that He wants a relationship with us as well. Therefore, I want to make sure I’m building my relationship with God based on more than just my never-ending requests.
It’s true regarding our relationships with others as well. The relationships we build with people are important, so let’s make sure valuing people based on their character qualities versus what they can do for us.