Focusing on gaining material things can be a distraction in our relationships with God and each other as children of God. The true value of our relationships is exemplified by what Jesus has done for us by facing the cross. His love for us took him to that cross.
Yes, Jesus loves us. In John 15:12 Jesus Christ himself says, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you” (KJV). Jesus faced eternal dangers for us because he was not focused on himself, but on us. We also need to focus on others in order to continue with what Christ himself started.
Now, chasing after material things fosters a false sense of self importance and it can make us think we get bigger and better when we gain material things. Self importance reduces the ability to love other people and it just makes people become competitors in the escalating cold war of achievements.
In the Lord, we should avoid holding on to a false notion that our self worth is connected to what we possess or achieve. In God’s eyes, we are all the same, whether rich or poor. We are never anything special compared to others because of our achievements.
What do we need to do as believers? We need to invest in relationships because there is more to gain there than in material achievements. In Timothy 6:6 the Bible says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain”(KJV). Doors can open because of relationships. People can open up to the gospel because of good relationships. Trust gained in relationships can also help reach out to those who are really not easy to touch with the gospel.
Relationships are important.