Friday, September 8, 2017

It’s not What you Know, It’s Who you Know!

by Victoria Duerstock

 This right here is one of THE hardest things I’ve maneuvered through in my life.  I absolutely despise this saying and the reality of the truth of it, and have worked hard to be someone who absolutely knew what I needed to know to be the best person for the job.  I never wanted to rely on “knowing” someone to get a part, a job or a spot, I felt I deserved on my own merits. I have always chafed against those who get where they are because of their mama, daddy, or cousin Larry. 

But the reality is that the world operates on this principle.  Right or wrong, it is what it is.  The older I get, the more reconciled I become to this notion, but there are days where I still don’t like it.  But I have learned a few things along the way that make me feel a little better about it.

First, building relationships is an important part of life.  Choosing to develop relationships in the workplace or industry that we are interested in is a logical move. Thankfully, we don’t have to build shallow relationships.  We can pursue genuine meaningful friendships with people that share our interests.

Second, when you desire to put others first, you can remain genuine in your friendship pursuits.

So I am working through my own ill feelings towards this concept, because I have always worked the hardest to be the best qualified in the room.  But the Lord really impressed something on my heart the other day and I wanted to share it with you.

In our spiritual lives, this concept is true as well.   Right?!?  It’s not WHAT I know about God, or Christianity, it’s absolutely WHO I know.  And I had to sit down because it took my breath away honestly.

You see even in my spiritual life this truth is HUGE.  I mean we know it deep down – our personal relationship with Christ is EVERYTHING.  I am in the right standing before God because of what Christ did for me and because I KNOW HIM, I know have His righteousness. As we know this is better than my righteousness which is “filthy rags.” 

Isaiah 64:6a But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our
righteousnesses are as filthy rags;

Wrapping my mind around the idea of Who I Know in this context fills me with hope and joy as I learn to rest in the fact that I don’t have to BE anything more, or work to know anything more.  My rest is in WHO I know alone, by grace alone. 

In light of this my sweet friends, I pray that you KNOW Him too.  If you don’t, there’s not a better decision you could make today.  Trade in your labor, your attempts to earn your spot, and rest in His amazing grace. 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that 
whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

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