The strength of your relationships has an overwhelming influence on the measure of success in your life. 90% of your success in life will be determined by your social skills, your ability to interact positively and effectively with others and to get them to cooperate with you in helping you achieve your goals.
Consider a relay team or a wrestling tag team, the swiftness in baton exchange, the commitment to work one for another is a recipe for an outstanding result, while disagreement, disunity, lack of trust and commitment amongst members of the same team will ultimately bring the team failure.
‘‘And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.’’ Genesis 11:6. This is God confirming the final outcome of a good and striving relationship. Nothing can stand against such a relationship. A good relationship fosters oneness, common purpose, multiplied efforts, common force against opposition, and ultimately great success and manifold greatness.
This is made even more real in Genesis 2:18, ‘‘And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.’’
This is an open admission that man alone cannot fully maximize the abundance of potential locked up on his inside by the Creator.
God brings you into relationships to help you, train you, strengthen you, correct you and make you better. The devil limits people by bringing wrong relationships into their lives. The quality of the relationships behind you will determine your outcome in the battles of life. You need both spiritual and physical relationships.
- Spiritual relationships: Your relationship with God should be the root that sustains your existence as a Christian. (Gen. 6:9, Ex. 33:11, James 2:23). This relationship should be vibrant, progressive, consistent and growing continuously. God controls the spiritual in our favour. Another spiritual relationship you need is that of a spiritual father or mentor (1Sam. 3:1). Mentorship is a contact sport; it is impossible to say someone is your mentor who doesn’t know you.
- Physical Relationships: God brings critical relationships into your life to help you achieve His purpose for you. You must recognize and cherish these relationships. 1Samuel 18:1-3 gives a good example of a relationship that flourished- Jonathan and David.
Recognize the relationships God brings into your life, beware of the people that come into your life in your low moments especially when your guards are down because they may be the devil’s inroad into your life. Psalm 144:11
“Most of your success/achievements in life comes from your happy relationships with other people, and most of your problems in life come from unhappy relationships with them.” -Sydney Jourard
Do you want to be happy and successful? What about ending this year on a note of Manifold Greatness? Embrace a healthy relationship today, spiritual and physical.