Give Me That Mountain

Influence

The Law and Grace. Day fifty-seven...

“I just found out that your father is the CEO of Acme Construction! They are the largest contractor in southern California, and I've been trying to get my foot in the door as a sub for the last three years. Since we are such good friends, do you think you could put in a good word for me with your dad?”

“Sorry Charlie, but I haven't spoken to Dad in six years. Oh, he tries to contact me from time to time, but I don't respond.”

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Even a son (or daughter) has no influence with a parent where there is no current relationship. But influence with a parent is still limited even when the relationship is current, but limited.

What if the son in the example had a good relationship with his father, but only connected with him on a monthly basis? In this case the son would certainly be able to put in a good word for Charlie. But the son would not have the same level of influence as he would have as a full‐time business partner with his dad.

A son who works shoulder‐to‐shoulder with his father in the father's business would naturally have greater influence than he would otherwise have, because the son is intimate with his father in a working relationship. And the father knows that the son knows, in an intimate way, how he (the father) thinks and acts. As a consequence, the amount of influence the son has would be in direct proportion to the amount of intimacy he has with the father.

The son (or daughter) who has a working relationship with his father can be trusted with greater influence because the son knows how to operate the business just as the father operates the business. For example, the son knows how to deal with problem sub‐contractors in the same way his father deals with them, because he has observed his father's response time and time again.

The son (or daughter), however, who has only an emotional relationship with his father cannot, however, be trusted with as much influence because the son does not necessarily know how to operate the business just as the father does.

While the father's love is the same in either situation, the amount of trust he is willing to extend to his son is not.

I use this example as another way of illustrating the importance of an informed awareness of God's presence.

If I work shoulder‐to‐shoulder with my Heavenly Father on a daily basis, I will be intimately aware of His perspective and position on the situations and circumstances that cross our path. My awareness of Him will be informed and, consequently, effective in the work he has for me to do—together with Him.

If, however, I relate to my Heavenly Father only on an emotional level, I won't necessarily know how to operate in His kingdom just as He does. And consequently, He cannot entrust to me as much as He could otherwise. Intimacy on this emotional level, I refer to as an uniformed awareness of God's presence.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)

While it's good to feel good about God having plans for us, feelings are not enough. Feelings about God won't bring our destiny to pass.

In His sermon to the multitude on the mountain, as recorded in Matthew chapters 5–7, Jesus makes it absolutely impossible for us to do what He expects of us—unless we join ourselves to Him.

Jesus describes the way we join with Him:

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (John 14:18–23 KJV)

If I will keep His words (guard, cherish, and protect not only His commandments but His every word), the Father and the Son will come unto me and make their abode with me. And when I operate together with God in such intimacy I can't help but begin to know Him with an informed awareness.

And I also can't help but become a man God can trust—a man of great influence.

Have a good day,
Mike

Image credit: Washington State Dept of Transportation

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