Some popular social media sites allow the user to post information about their relationship status. While the standard answer is to declare oneself in a relationship, an equally popular choice is to post, “It’s complicated.” With this laconic statement, a myriad of implications are generated. The poster may be beginning a new relationship, breaking an existing one, or even having multiple relationships. It is an accurate depiction of all relationships; they can be complicated and messy.
What is true for relationship status on social media websites is true for living the Christian life. If there was a social media option, I could post that I am in a relationship with Jesus Christ, but what does that mean? Is the relationship painless and carefree? No, but this must be qualified. A relationship with Jesus Christ is always satisfying and fulfilling. It is living the Christian life and interacting with others that is messy and complicated, leaving me vulnerable to hurt and pain. The only way to avoid this is to withdraw from the world and lead an isolated and sequestered life. Yet, Jesus also commands all of His followers to go out into the world and make disciples and spread the Gospel, loving our neighbor as yourself. Jesus Christ also warned all believers that following Him as one’s Lord and Savior will be difficult and may result in persecution, imprisonment, and even death. It is complicated. Why would I choose this instead of simply withdrawing?
Then everyone will be afraid; they will proclaim the mighty acts of God and realize all the amazing things he does. The godly will rejoice in the LORD and find shelter in him. And those who do what is right will praise him.
Psalms 64:9-10 (NLT)
There have been many times that I wanted to live on my own island and avoid the pain of relationships. It took me a long time to understand that a relationship with Jesus Christ was only fully realized through relationships with others. God’s mighty acts are performed through complicated and messy relationships. By remaining faithful to Him during these trials, I will be a witness to everyone, proclaiming the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.
It’s complicated unless we have a relationship that begins with Jesus Christ.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.