Network Marketing is Modelled Upon Christianity
I shared yesterday what the greatest lesson was that I learnt whilst doing network marketing; if you have to say that you are then you aren’t. Well today I share with you the other lesson that I learnt and that is that network marketing is modelled upon Christianity. Now of course I’m not talking about the negative aspects of network marketing (like greed, covetousness, etc). But if you take a moment and think about it, there are many similarities between network marketing and Christianity. Let me elaborate with a few points.
Christianity is about connecting with people and sharing with them the Good News, and encouraging them to tell others about it (see 2 Timothy 2:2). This is done primarily through word of mouth and preferably through relationship (see John 1:41). Network marketing follows the same principle of word of mouth marketing, believing too that their product and method of making money, is good news.
Christianity is about developing and maturing believers into becoming more faithful followers of Christ (see Hebrews 5:13-14). We do this by encouraging them to read the Bible (see Matthew 4:4 & Psalm 1), as well as devotionals or training books on the Bible (see 2 Peter 3:15). Network marketing does the same, encouraging their people to mature in leadership, networking, and product knowledge.
Christianity is about fellowship and encouragement, meeting together to spur one another on to greater things for God, reminding them of the hope that we have in salvation (see Hebrews 10:25). Network marketing holds meetings and gatherings with guest speakers where they encourage one another to continue their ‘struggling’ and ‘striving’, reminding them of the ‘prize’ of success.
Considering the above and that Christianity has been around for a lot longer than network marketing, I believe it is fair of me to state that network marketing is modelled on Christianity. This shows yet again the massive and profound impact that Christianity has had upon the world.
Why is it that network marketing is modelled upon Christianity? Because discipleship through relationship evangelism works!! Let me share a story I once read by Steve Murrel (exact details may be off slightly).
There was a young wrestler who was very good, and was headed towards winning a prized competition (national championship or something). Unfortunately, he was involved in an accident and lost one of his arms at the shoulder. Everyone thought that his career was over, but his coach kept at him. Eventually he entered training again and his coach made him practice a specific move over and over and over again. Even the young wrestler himself got tired of doing the same move over and over again.
Eventually the championship competition came up and he entered. Everyone thought he was brave for doing so, but no one thought he’d make it past the first round; he was a one armed wrestler. But something incredible happened. Round after round after round, he won, till eventually he was facing his opponent in the finals. And as fate would have it, he grabbed his opponent with the one move that his coach taught him, held on to his finalist opponent for the count, and won the championship.
The key to his success lay in the one move that his coach had taught him, which was to grab his opponent in a certain way. The ONLY way that his opponent would be able to defeat the move, was to grab a hold of his shoulder – which was missing because of the accident. It was the one move that no opponent would be able to beat the young wrestler with.
The moral of the story is that discipleship through relationship evangelism works. It is the one move that if done over and over and over again, the enemy simply cannot beat.
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Unless otherwise noted, all references are from the New International Version
2 Timothy 2:2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
John 1:41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).
Hebrews 5:13-14 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
Matthew 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
Psalm 1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
2 Peter 3:15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.
Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Posted on March 16, 2012, in Christianity, Discipleship, Practical Faith and tagged Christianity, discipleship, evangelism, God, relational evangelism, relationship evangelism, religion. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.