THE VALUE OF RELATIONSHIPS

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Then He appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles. They were to accompany him, and he would send them out to preach - Mark 3:14

According to John Maxwell, one is too small a number to succeed. Hence, if you want to succeed in life, you need to place a high premium on relationships. It is noteworthy that God Himself is a God of relationships. As the Chief Shepherd, He decided to ordain us as under-shepherds; as the King of kings, He was inclined to raise us as kings and priests to reign with Him; as the Chief Missionary, He decided to choose and ordain us missionaries, to partner with Him in advancing His kingdom; and being a God that values companionship, He created a help-meet for man, and after the fall of man, He went all out to restore man to Himself. Hence, it doesn't pay to be a lone ranger, because your energy cannot surpass the product of synergy. You need people in your corner whom God has ordained in your journey to fulfilling his purpose for your life. Hence, begin to build purpose-driven relationships that would fuel your passion to actualise God's plan for your life.

It goes without saying that people who build impactful relationships never want for SUPPORT in times of need. Because the Psalmist had a treasured relationship with God, he had an assurance that God would meet his needs, being the Shepherd of his soul. We also see from Scripture that Apostle Paul had a golden reputation with the Church in Philippi. This led the people to gracefully backstop his missionary activities with everything he needed to keep him on the move. It is also noteworthy that Moses had a remarkable SUCCESS in bringing the Israelites up to speed in the Law of the Lord, because he leveraged the counsel of Jethro, his father in law. It was the counsel he needed to achieve a stress-free orientation programme for the Israelites.

It also bears mentioning that impactful relationships can inspire you with the STRENGTH and COURAGE to pursue God's plan for your life. Without the right network of relationships, the devil may cause you to hang up on the pursuit of God's plan for your life. Being a Jew that was destined for impact, Esther had Mordecai, her uncle, in her corner. When Esther was on the borderline, while nurturing the fear of fighting for the deliverance of the Jews, Mordecai weighed in to inspire her to rise to the occasion. In the final analysis, Esther leveraged the advice of Mordecai and the deliverance of the Jews was secured. God's plan for Esther wasn't aborted because he leveraged the mentorship of her uncle. As you begin to value and build relationships, may you never walk alone but rather benefit off the grace of God in the lives of those whom God has positioned to help your destiny. May you also be a channel of blessings in all your relationships in Jesus name.

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Abayomi Aina
Abayomi (ACA, CFE, PGDip Theology) is an inspired prolific writer, instructor and gospel artiste. He is divinely endowed to inspire the world towards purposeful living, leadership spirit, goal pursuit, academic excellence and leading a Christian life.

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