Surround Yourself With the Right People
1 Kings 19:19-21 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him. And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. …. then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.
Proximity matters; create uncommon success in your field by getting close to someone who has already done what you are looking to do. Most of the notable bible characters who attained significance did so after they got close to someone who was great in their field. The myriad of examples that exist could not be mere coincidence. Ruth 2:3 tells us that Ruth was positioned in the field of Boaz, and not only did she become a wealthy woman, the genealogy shows that she was also part of Jesus’ lineage. Genesis 39:20 tells us that Joseph was put “into the prison, where the king’s prisoners were bound”, it was a set up by God so that Joseph could get close to the King. A few years later Joseph became governor of Egypt. Elisha did twice the number of miracles that Elijah did, but it should be observed that not only was he anointed in 1 Kings 19:19-21,he also got close to Elijah. It is important to be anointed or called, but we must facilitate the development of our calling by getting close to people who are already where we are looking to go.
There are several reasons it is beneficial to get close to people who are where you are going. Proximity to great men in your field or environment gives you access to resources, relationships and opportunities that you would not otherwise have. Nehemiah’s passion was to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, the task was made easier because he was close to the King. Nehemiah 2:8 tells that the king ordered that timber be given him from his forest to make beams for the gates.
Secondly, proximity to great men provides an opportunity for the instant impartation of wisdom that will not only help you avoid mistakes but set you up for where you are going. David was anointed to be king in 1 Samuel 16:13, but being just a youth, he had no clue how to run a kingdom. Therefore, within a short while after he was anointed God allowed him to be placed in the palace of Saul so that he would acquire the necessary wisdom and understanding to govern effectively.
Greatness begets greatness. Position yourself near people who are great, and it is only a matter of time before you become great.
Life Application: Surround yourself with people who are great by identifying leaders in your field and offer yourself to serve them in the accomplishment of their vision; that was what Elisha did. Alternatively, where possible, enlist them as mentors.
Prayer: Lord, surround me with the right people who will help me to grow spiritually, financially, mentally, emotionally and in every aspect of my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.