Learn From Others
“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.” Prov 19: 20 ESV
God’s Word couldn’t be more clear – VALUE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS. God’s plan for your life will always include people. Your perspective, your skills, your optimism, your faith, your knowledge, and your relational acumen are directly influenced, developed, and formed by your interaction with others. Someone has well said, “You are the product of the books you’ve read, the places you’ve visited, and the PEOPLE you’ve spent time with.”
Relationships are so important. Without the influence of others in your life, you would be settling for far less than God’s best. God plans to use others in your life to prepare you for tomorrow. So, what are you doing about it? Are you proactive in your relationships? Are you selective in your choice of friends? Do you make time to meet with people? Do you make it a point to learn from others?
Do you spend time listening to THE most important person…the Lord Jesus? Reading the Scriptures is not simply an academic exercise that results in biblical literacy. Reading, studying, and meditating on Scripture is like carrying on a conversation with God. Conversations enhance relationships. The added benefit is personal growth and wisdom. We must never forget that wisdom comes as we “listen to advice and accept instruction.”
The people who are most successful in life are those who have chosen to listen to others. The most successful are those who are proactive in their relationships with others and seek their advice. It’s important that we commit ourselves to improving our relationship skills. “Fishers of men” are going to spend time with other “fishers of men” and learn from them. A fisherman is always looking for helpful tips on fishing from those who are effective fishermen.
If this makes sense to you, then get on the phone right now and set up a time to meet with a follower of Jesus who seems very gifted in sharing his faith. Ask him to teach you what he has learned about fishing for men.