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22 October 2008

I think that "It's not what you know... it's who you know" is Biblical

Last night at our "Fusion" prayer and worship night (which if you're from Freedom House... you REALLY shouldn't miss) I was again absolutely, totally blown away by what it's like when you throw off the myth of restraint... and JUST TOUCH GOD.

It's such joy, peace, exuberance... I almost want to drag everyone into such a place. And it all comes through knowing Jesus.

"It's not what you know... it's who you know"
is a phrase that has pissed many a failed job applicant off. It seems somewhat off-putting. Elitist possibly. Unjust maybe? Shouldn't we be judged on our own merit? Shouldn't we earn what we deserve and get what we work for?

I was thinking about "It's not what you know, it's who you know" the other the day in the context of influence. About how when you build a relationship with someone... they trust you, share good things with you, and want to help you succeed just as you helped them succeed. In a blog post a couple of days ago I wrote:

Prayer is the ULTIMATE "it's not what you know but WHO you know". Because when you pray... things happen. God IS God! When you'd layed down your life and surrendered it to God... you've become his friend. You've got RELATIONSHIP with him and because of it... you've got his ear. You know Him and you've got access to his riches to share with others.

But you know what? When you take it a step even further. The entire concept of salvation through Jesus is ALL ABOUT "it's not what you know, it's who you know". Check this out..

Truth is that we're NOT "good enough" by our own merit to hang out and chat with God yet we have an open invite. Or be seated with him in heavenly places yet the chair is warm and waiting. In the OT... they'd tie a rope around the legs of people who headed into the presence of God in case they weren't clean, were struck dead, and a minimum wage worker had to haul their lame carcass out with the human fishing line. Then this happened:

But Jesus, with a loud cry, gave his last breath. At that moment the Temple curtain ripped right down the middle. When the Roman captain standing guard in front of him saw that he had quit breathing, he said, "This has to be the Son of God!"
Mark 15: 37-39

"Veil begone... New from Johnson and Johnson"

It's only because of "the THAT" that we get to have all "the THIS". Nothing we've done or learned or can get us where we want to go. "It's not what you know... it's WHO you know" can seem unfair when you're not the one who knows the guy. But it would only be unjust if the invitation to know "the guy" wasn't open to you too. Not only that... but Jesus leaves the 99 in the flock to find the 1... because he only wants the best for EVERYONE. It defies our logic and free's our souls.

Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. "Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You're not in the driver's seat; I am. Don't run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I'll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?
Matthew 16: 24-26

1 comment:

HappyFLMom said...

Ok, let me try this again..

I come here for a good soul work out. I got one today. Thanks man!

I am glad I know "Who" you mean.

Heidi Reed

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