Someone told me a long time ago that “your network is your net worth.” You may have heard this popular phrase praised regarding jobs, career, happy hour mixers, socializing and moving up the corporate ladder.
I deem it to be wholly false and inaccurate. Your network are the people you know and interact with, while your net worth belongs to God. I know what the accounting principle says, but the Bible says in Malachi 3:10:
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.
Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty,
“and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven
and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. (NIV)
Man’s mastery of finance and charismatic conversation at an alumni dinner are NOT responsible for his upward mobility. Your trusting relationship with God is more than enough for a lifetime of sustenance and prosperity.
Since graduating college, I’ve worked many jobs but can’t think of one that I’ve earned off of my own efforts. I’ve never convinced someone to mentor me or open a door, God always sent the right person on time and created opportunities where there were none. Even in dry seasons filled with trials and tribulations, God miraculously took care of every need and restored my health. He heard my cry when the challenge was unbearable and delivered me from the lion’s mouth on numerous occasions.
At a time when many confuse paying dues with unfair wages and glass ceilings, don’t give up or look for man to lift you up. Keep trusting God and continue to give with a faithful heart. Your hope, built on His righteousness, is the only network you will ever need.