INCREASE BY ASSOCIATION
“And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great so that they could not dwell together.” Genesis 13:5-6
There is something as called increase by association.
Lot didn’t hear from God to leave the Ur of the Chaldeans. It was Abraham God spoke to. And as expected, God performed His word to Abraham. He made Abraham wealthy.
Genesis 13:2 says, “And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.”
It was in the light of Abrahams wealth that the Bible says in our text for the day ‘And Lot also…’
In essence, Lots wealth was an also. That singular word means a lot.
Lot became wealthy because of his association with Abraham.
After a while because of the huge wealth they had both amassed, there was strife between their herdsmen. Abraham being the peace maker he was asked that Lot choose what part of the land he wanted and go in that direction.
Funny thing is that Lot had forgotten that he became wealthy through his association with Abraham.
Well you know the rest of the story. He chose the most fruitful part of the land but ended up in captivity!
One thing you must understand is that God has designed us to flourish in relationships. There are God ordained relationships that He brings our way for our upliftment and increase.
Isolating yourself from God ordained relationships is simply short circuiting what God plans to do in your life.
There are two key things that flow only within God ordained relationships:
First are Ideas & Revelation. Certain level of information only flow in some circles. I realize that difference between men is the quality of information they have available to them. Well, that’s not to say that their engagement with the information is inconsequential but you can only do better if you knew better.
There are certain things God will never tell you in your closet. He has put the information in people and except you’re humble enough to service those relationships you miss out on what God has for you through pride.
Second is Grace!
Certain people carry certain graces. The earlier you recognized it the better for you. You don’t have to be in every relationship but you can take advantage of the graces that people carry.
Don’t be deceived. Certain people are carriers of Graces that you may need in your life. This acknowledgment will make life easy for you because God usually will bring you into such relationships so you can be a partaker of such.
Relationships are vital. Relationships are key but always follow these two cardinal rules:
Ensure that it is a God orchestrated one not you manipulating things.
Ensure that you are focused on serving the other person not just taking from them.
Dear Father, i thank you for the God given relationships and people that you have put in my path for my uplifting. By your spirit, i discern and I recognise those you have sent to me and i take full advantage of such relationships; growing and nurturing these relationships to full maturity. In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
2 CORINTHIANS 11:1-15