ARE YOU SURE YOU STILL KNOW HIM?
A man was to fill up a sensitive role in an organization. He had been a part of the organization in previous years. But he left and moved to another city. The head of the organization was excited when he heard that this person wanted to come back and was willing to work in the organization.
When he discussed the situation with me, I asked a question, “I know he used to be here with you. I also know he has been gone for years but it has been a while and it was not as though he kept in touch. Before you bring him on board, do you really know him?” It was a tough question.
The man was given the chance to work but he eventually messed up a whole lot with character deficiencies here and there. The head of the organization said to me once, “I always remember the question that you asked me- Do you still know him?”
Let’s begin first on the note of our relationship with God- you cannot keep a distant relationship with God and think you can keep coming back to enjoy the benefit of the relationship. Some things thrive when we stay in touch. Character flows out of divine contact. Character fails when there is a breach in fellowship.
It takes connection and contact to be fruitful.
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
John 15:4 NLT
Check it: Every time you fail in fellowship, it will not be long before a bad attitude and terrible reactions to situations fill up the gap. The strength of our character is rooted in the strength of our fellowship.
There are also leadership lessons to pick: It is wise to exercise caution in relationships. Do not be in a hurry to bring untested old flames back into your intimate space. You can be excited about it but you must also be discreet about it.
The proverbs had something to say about this:
The righteous choose their friends carefully…
Proverbs 12:26a NIV
Does this mean we should not love people? Not at all. We owe everyone the debt of love. You must love people who have been a part of your life but you must be careful when it comes to sensitive access.
Do not be in a hurry to give a sensitive ministry or business role to someone you used to know without asking “Do I still know him or her?”
It will save you from a lot of trouble.
temilOluwa Ola, Eruwa