Networking is a very popular practice in today’s society; everyone is looking to connect with a certain group, company, organization, or employer with hopes of securing a possible career upgrade or financial increase. Others network to achieve political goals or gain party alliances. Networking can be very beneficial to all, and is a great way to take a step upward…..it is just another of the many ways one can get closer to the who’s who of the world.
While it’s true that networking has its high points, there can also be letdowns involved with the process.
Unfortunately we still live in a “dog-eat-dog” culture which makes networking both a partnership for growth and a competition to succeed. Trust is a needed requirement, but not everyone you come in contact with is trustworthy. Not knowing who to depend on can be very confusing.
Sometimes you guess correctly and connect with a person who has your best interest at heart, another time you guess wrong, having your ideas stolen and dreams shattered.
“Another good intention...Another Bad Connection”
Networking mishaps are not regulated only to the corporate world and business society. During our walk with Christ it’s very important make the proper connections. Not everyone who attends church services is a “Holy Ghost Filled” believer…
Believe it or not jealousy and envy do exist in the church at large; yet in most cases we can trust and depend on each other. But in those moments when the human factor causes breakdowns in communication, creates cliques, and separates friendships where can we turn? When unbreakable bonds are broken who’s left for us to confide in and above all, who will extend a hand to pull us upward and bless us forward?
Jesus said: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
If a man abides not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” John 15:4-7
It’s always good to surround ourselves with people we trust, and it’s also good to align ourselves with successful people for the purpose of learning from their examples. But people still have the capacity to fail us. “Jesus Never Fails”…
For it is in Christ that we live, move, and have our being…and are also his offspring. (Ref. Acts 17:28)
As offspring (branches) of the Father, we are empowered to be productive citizens of the Kingdom. It is important to remember that our success is not measured by how financially well off we are, but is dependent on our obedience to Christ’s commandments.
Joshua received the following instructions from the Lord: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8
By staying in Gods’ word, maintaining a consistent prayer life and extending brotherly love toward our fellowman the Father is glorified through the actions witnessed in us by those around us.
Therefore our success in Christ becomes the catalyst by which others seek to network with us and make the right connection with our Savior.
Successful networking is only possible when we make the right connection and abide in Christ….In Him there is no failure.