This week I am attending a church conference. I am listening to great preaching, I am attending wonderful workshops, and I am extending my network.
The greatest networker in history was Jesus Christ. Beginning with a team of three close friends and a dozen followers, He created an organization that today has over two billion members.
As disciples of Jesus, we need to follow Him in all the ways of our lives including networking. In this post I would like to suggest three ways that you can network like Jesus
1. Build A Purpose Driven Network
Jesus networked for a single purpose: to introduce people to the kingdom of God. No product, service, or personal friendship can meet the needs of people more completely than ushering them into God’s rule.
Jesus used networking to deliver to humanity the highest level of service that anyone has ever offered.
The entire purpose Jesus networking was in line with His mission. His mission is the Great Commission as outlined in Matthew 28:16-20
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Let’s face it networking is the linchpin of the great commission.
Regardless if you are networking for a job, or to keep a job or for making disciples. Knowing why you are networking will make all the difference.
2. Be Of Service To Others
In John 13:15, Jesus sets an example for us to follow. After washing His disciple’s feet — an act of love, humility and service — He encourages us to follow His lead and serve one another.
“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you,” Jesus says.
Jesus did not network just to gather business cards. From healing the sick to raising the dead, Jesus networked to be of service to others.
We can find more significance in our lives by ratcheting up the level and breadth of service we provide to others. Learning to network like Jesus will help you make the most of your life for God and for others.
3. Network With People Who Are Unlike You
Matthew 9:10 is one of the many examples of how notorious Jesus was for associating with people of dubious character
As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax booth. “Follow Me,” He told him, and Matthew got up and followed Him. Later, as Jesus was dining at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with Him and His disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
If our network is only made of “upwardly mobile people” like ourselves we will miss the opportunity to be of service and to influence folks who can be actually of assistance to us.
Final Thoughts: Build A Better Network By Networking Like Jesus
Regardless of your line of work, adopting the Jesus style of networking can take your life and career to a new level. By networking His way, you can achieve greater success in your career or professional life.
You can enhance your personal life through building more and better friendships. Learning to network like Jesus will help you make the most of your life for God and for others.