In life and ministry, relationships are essential. Shepherding can be lonely at times, and many servants of the Lord tend to isolate themselves from others. This is sometimes out of a fear of vulnerability. Other times it stems from busyness, and not taking time to invest in others. The irony of this, is that one can be surrounded by people, and yet be almost alone. What kind of relationships should be focused on as we serve the Lord?
First, your relationship with God is essential. If you neglect this, every area of your life will be unhealthy. Walk with God, seek to know Him, commune with Him. Nothing should substitute for your relationship with God.
Second, relationships in your family are important. Take time to build your relationships with your wife and your children. Nobody comes to the end of life and thinks, I spent too much time with my family. Plenty come to the end of life however, and realize they did not invest in their family as they should have.
Third, build God honoring relationships with those you serve. The longer you serve in one place, the deeper and more meaningful those relationships can grow to be. Find ways to add value to the lives of others, and meaningfully care for the people around you.
Fourth, develop relationships with others who are doing kingdom work. Get to know people who are walking the same path as you. Find people who know how to do things better than you do. Surround yourself with people who love God and are encouragers. They will make your life better and challenge you to grow in the Lord.
Fifth, make an effort to build relationships with lost people. Care about people where they are, and you will have opportunities to share the hope of Jesus Christ with them. Be the light Jesus called you to be.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.