Most Important Lesson I Learnt Doing Network Marketing
That’s right! I did a stint in network marketing. I was in Telkom at the time and hoping to retire at age 30 with that all elusive “passive income” sustaining me for the rest of my life. Well I’m closer to 40, still not retired, and very far from any sort of passive income. Needless to say, I’m not doing network marketing anymore.
Whilst there are a lot of negatives that I could hold against network marketing (or rather my particular experience), there were some positives too. One of the best positives was how they got us to read books to develop ourselves. As a result I was introduced to many great titles and authors.
One particular book that I read (I cannot remember the title or author) had a statement in it that has stuck with me ever since I read it more than a decade ago. The statement was:
If you have to say that you are then you aren’t.
The essence of the statement was that if you have to tell people that you’re successful or rich, then in reality you weren’t. Because if you were, people would be able to see it and you wouldn’t have to tell them or announce it.
This is true of Christianity too. St. Francis of Assisi is quoted as saying “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” Jesus Himself said that by our fruit people would know that we are His disciples (see John 15:8). This speaks of some recognisable evidence other than our verbal proclamation that declares us to be Christian.
I am not talking about a list of do’s and don’ts. What I AM talking about is that inner character that makes your light so shine before men that they see your good works and praise God (see Matthew 5:16). If you are a follower of Jesus then there simply must be some form of evidence. If there isn’t, well … … If you have to say that you are then you aren’t
What fruit (evidence) do you think Jesus was referring to? How and why is this evidence important? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
my name is darryl
and this is what i have to say
John 15:8 (NIV) This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Matthew 5:16 (NIV) In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Posted on March 15, 2012, in Christianity, Living the Word, Practical Faith and tagged Christianity, evidence of faith, God, more than mere words, network marketing, not just a name, religion. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.