In business it is often stated that success is determined not by your abilities or accomplishments but on who you know. Thousands of resumes pour in for a an open job but the position goes to someone the recruiter knows personally. Not fair but unfortunately true.
This being the case, people network as much as possible and get themselves in front of people who can possibly give them a leg up. LinkedIn, Facebook and other Social Media type of applications are utilized to accomplish this in the digital world.
Life is very temporary and one day it will come to an end for all of us. However, this concept of who you know is not confined to this plane of existence. It also applies to our eternal vocation as well. In that sphere of existence your capabilities and accomplishments will not gain you entrance into eternal life either. It will be based on who you know and in this case it will be Jesus.
Just like on this world, we have to build strong relationships with others to help each other prosper. From a simple gesture of picking us up from work or being our advocate to another person or organization. The concept of "knowing" one another is really based on trust. Do I trust that you will perform in such a way not to make me look bad to others I have recommended you to.
Relationships take time and effort and just like planting crops, will only bear fruit after constant attention and nourishment. Are we building relationships with those who will see to our prosperity and survival? Or are we surrounding ourselves with those who will eventually cause our destruction?
Good questions to answer sooner rather than later. In the Bible, James writes
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4
This assurance only comes when we partner with God through His Son and build a relationship with Him. We do this through daily prayer and reading and study of His Word. We cultivate our relationship by leaning on His will and not our own. How do we know we are in a relationship with God? He tests us and refines us in our relationship to see how strong the bonds are between us. Just like that call at 2am from your friend looking for assistance stranded on the side of the road, God places before us challenges to test our faith and prove our metal.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
In the end Jesus wants to trust that you will be a prosperous addition to the Kingdom of God lacking nothing. By having a strong relationship with Him, we will all be accounted for righteousness and gain entrance into the greatest occupation the universe can provide for mankind. Know Jesus and know true happiness and joy in the world to come. Just like on here on Earth it is all about who you know!
And that is the Whole Truth!
Have a wonderful rest of the week and may God bless you in your ongoing walk with Him.
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