Acts 19:31 And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre.
It is said that you are the average of the people closest to you. Grow upwards by making friends with influencers
In Acts 19, Paul’s message about who the true and living God was so controversial it caused unrest in Asia, so much so that the angry mob drew some of Paul’s companions in ministry into the theatre. It was Paul’s intent to go into the theatre, but the scripture said that he was advised by his friends who were chiefs in Asia not to do it and he listened. After that the Chiefs used their influence to disperse the crowd and the uprising was squashed.
Drawing from the experience of Paul there are two clear benefits of making friends with influencers. The first is that you can draw from their wisdom to make better decisions. Without being advised by the leaders in Asia not to go into the theatre, quite likely Paul would have found himself inside and ended up getting hurt. However, he listened and walked away unharmed. The second benefit flows from the first, by listening to the advice of the leaders, Paul attracted their favour and received their help to fight his battle even though it was not solicited. Similarly, Daniel’s relationship with King Darius caused him to fast all night for Daniel while he was in the lion’s den and when he came out he threw his enemies in.
Your ability to create wins in life is greatly multiplied by making friends with influencers, not doing so would be a great oversight.
Life Application: Make your path more successful by building lasting relationships with influencers that have integrity
Prayer: Lord, connect me with the right people here on my earthly journey. Help me to gain wisdom from them and gain favour with them. In Jesus name, amen.