Are My Connections Productive?
“Iron sharpens iron; and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
As we search throughout the scriptures, we can observe that the relationships which people were involved in were of grave importance. Therefore, we must realize the significance of becoming associated with and connected to the right people.
Connections should be for the purpose of increase. Therefore I should be either the provider or the receiver – but increase is a must. Wrong, non-productive relationships would be considered one of those “weights which does so easily beset us” (Hebrews 12:1).
So let’s consider some of our connections. What do our: friends, acquaintances, religious and secular group memberships reveal? Are there any connections where I am currently not being increased – or increasing someone else? Some connections are temporary; seasonal - while others maintain the ability to perpetually be an asset to us in some fashion. When we don’t know the purpose for a relationship, nor have considered its nature – we will attempt to cling on to and transform those “passing connections” into permanent ones.
Simply because of the Covid-19 restrictions; many people are limiting their connections to the media sources in some fashion. Therefore, we must adhere to precautions more intently than in times past. We are in the era now where everyone seems to want to “network”. Everywhere you go people are wanting to connect. This can be advantageous as well as detrimental. We must be on our guard at all times and realize that every good connection may not be a God connection.
As we approach the end of this year and this season, let’s survey our connections. Are there those relationships that should be eliminated? Be determined that those “blood sucking”, non – productive, eternal leeches and carbuncles will not be carried into the new year! Be determined that you will venture out into new connections to include those that will offer completely difference experiences for yourself and others.
God has given us to the ability to be sociable creatures. We therefore need connections. However, we must be certain that every connection will be constructive and offer increase, integrity, stamina and above all receive a stamp of approval from the Lord.
Isaiah 43:19 ESV
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.