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    by Pat Chwialkowski

It's Who You Know That Counts
Date Posted: June 1, 2011

We've all heard the adage, "It's not what you know, but it's who you know”. That cliché has fallen true in our lives once again. After spending six months in South Carolina where my husband tried to find employment to no avail, we headed home to our little cottage in Michigan.

A couple of weeks after we settled in, our lake neighbors came up for the day and inquired about Kirk’s employment status. When we shared with them that all doors down south were shut they offered to take Kirk’s resume to an owner of a company whom they personally knew. Within a couple of hours Kirk got a phone call from the owner and within a couple of meetings Kirk was offered a job and a new opportunity to make a difference in the workplace.

Was it because of my husband's outstanding resume where his education, past jobs, and qualifications were listed, that made him look desirable to this company? If this was the case, the same would have held true for all the other companies that Kirk applied to. No, we believe the main reason Kirk was being approached by this company owner, is because someone stepped in who knew both Kirk and the owner and was willing to became a mediator between the two of them. Kirk’s achievements alone could not get him a job. Rather, he needed someone to step in for him and say, “I know this man.”

Is this unfair? Well, think about it from the position of a prospective employer: Would you rather hire someone that you know, or take a chance on a total stranger? I believe the first scenario would always win. Therefore I think it is safe to say that networking and relationships matter more than we want to admit. And this principal carries over into Christianity.

In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus talks about some people who will try to enter heaven with their spiritual resumes in hand. On their resume they list some pretty impressive facts about themselves: ▪ I prophecy ▪ I drive out demons ▪ I’ve performed many miracles

But still Jesus says to them, “I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness”. Matthew 7:23 (NASB).

There are many people out there thinking that one day they will be able to enter heaven because of their credentials─when nothing could be further from the truth. Whether in heaven or on earth the same is true: It’s not what you know, but it’s WHO you know.

I hope you know Jesus…but more importantly, I hope He knows you!

Now by this we KNOW that we KNOW Him,

if we keep His commandments.

He who says, “I KNOW Him,”

and does not keep His commandments,

is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

1 John 2:3-4 NKJV

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