He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
— MICAH 6:8
The world has never been more connected. Companies are laying millions of miles of fiber optics lines and shooting satellites into space in a race to connect more and more people. As a result, people worldwide are texting each other on smartphones, even from the depths of jungles and the isolation of deserts. But as we all know, there is a vast difference between being connected via device like a smartphone and being connected via a relationship.
Connections in Business
Being connected helps your business. Customers come back when they feel a special connection with your team. If people feel you care about them, they will do business with you. If they like you, they will do business with you. If they think you are like them, they will do business with you. The only way customers get these impressions about you and your team is through your connections.
Connections in the Bible
The Bible is full of stories of people who are connected to God. Abraham, Moses, Ezekiel, David, and Jeremiah were connected to God. In the New Testament we have the 12 apostles, Paul, Mary, and Martha to name a few. So, what makes all these people connected to God? They all walked with God as Micah 6:8 says, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humble with your God.” Walking with God is to know Him, hear His voice, share our hearts with Him, and please Him. He becomes everything to us, and we live to fellowship with Him. It is not too different when we walk with a good friend.
Making connections is synonymous with walking with a person. It is building a relationship that goes beyond connecting via a device. Make your business connections real, don’t be artificial. Walk with your customers and employees. And most importantly, walk with God.
Think and pray
Connect with your loving Father in heaven who desires for you to walk with Him. Pray in faith that God will help you to improve your connection with Him, with your business relationships, and with the people that He puts in your life.
Father, I am amazed that You desire to connect with me at the deepest level of relationship. Thank You for loving me and caring for and about me. Help me to enjoy Your presence to seek to walk daily in intimacy with You. Amen.
Philip W. Struble is the President of Landplan Engineering and is passionate about helping business leaders steward their companies in a way that honors God. He is the author of Zebedee and Sons Fishing Co.: Business Advice from the Bible, and hosts a weekly blog at www.zebedeeandsonsfishingco.com. Philip and his wife, Stephanie, have four adult children and currently reside on a small farm in rural Douglas County, Kansas.