Tony set off for a job interview at a prestigious bank. Running late for the meeting, he picked a taxi so he could reach early. In the taxi, he met an old man who recalled him from a previous encounter they had, but the old man kept quiet. Getting off in front of the bank, he hurriedly paid off the driver with a little tip and sped off into the hall. Upon reaching the front desk, he was informed by the secretary that his time slot was past. Heartbroken by such a dispiriting experience, he was met by the security man at the entrance with a gasping smile. Tony, intrigued by such encounter, sheepishly greeted the security man. He then held Tony’s hand tightly and kept thanking him for his help during his days in the shelter. After some few minutes of conversation, the security man led him to the CEO and made recommendations about the guy and why he should be given the chance for the appointment. Fast forward, Tony got the job.
5. Build relationships
Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.2 Kings 4:3 (NIV)
This story in our introduction highlights the importance of neighbors and relationships. We do not live in an island, independent of everyone else. Therefore it is expedient that we build relationships and networks that can help us achieve the purpose that God has given to us.
When the widow went to see Elisha, he asked her to go to her neighbors and borrow vessels. Think for a minute, what would have happened if the women had a straining relationship with her neighbors? What if she had always picked quarrels with her friends, ignored them in their times of need and even refused to have fellowship with them by attending their parties and funerals? It may seem trivial, you may say, but it is in times of need that you will appreciate the gift of relationships.
Moreover, you do not have the entire knowledge in the world. You would have to pick some wisdom nuggets from a few people. You could read about them, but establishing relationships with them will serve as a critical tool to drawing deeper in depth knowledge that you could receive from afar. Let’s learn to build relationships. How do you start, you may ask? Start by reading this book, “How to win friends and influence people” by Dale Carnegie.
I thank you Father for your word that I have heard today. I thank you for your grace that is more than sufficient unto me. I pray that you will grant me the grace to excel at building friendships and connections. I thank you for the grace to do better at keeping friendships to fulfil your purpose and pleasure. This and many other blessings we ask in the name of Christ our Lord. AMEN.
If you do not have a relationship with Christ, I would like to give you the chance to accept Christ as your Lord and savior. He is our present help in times of need and he sticks closer than a brother. He is the first person you need if you have to build relationships. If you are willing to take Christ as your friend, say these words after me:
I thank you Father for sending Your son Christ Jesus to die for me. I believe that Christ died, was buried and He arose for me, so that we can have a relationship. I receive Christ as my Lord and personal savior. Come live in me and have fellowship together. AMEN!
If you have this prayer after me, find a Bible believing and Holy Spirit filled church to fellowship with. God bless you and remain a blessing for doing this.
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