Making introductions has never been easier. We do it automatically now via social media – and many apps make it easy that we don’t have to do much at all! In the holiday season there is even more opportunity to meet people you wouldn’t usually be in contact with. Or when the weather is kind to us, to have an outside barbeque and bring your friends together. Do you enjoy putting friends in contact with one another and watching the relationship develop?
What if your Best Friend is Jesus –
how easy is it to make the introduction then?
Are you a connector or know someone who is? This is when you or your friend introduce people to one another. Perhaps, you have been introduced to someone new recently? When this happens it is often to someone who you probably would not have met if you hadn’t had that introduction and the new contact is usually someone who brings more light and joy into your life.
Often it can be a “God-incident” which is what I prefer to call coincidences. You are having a conversation with a friend and by chance you mention something you are interested in and the other person says, “oh do you know such in such – they are also interested in this subject and it might be good if the two of you meet”. Or they may say, “I’ll let them know you are interested”, or “I’ll call them for you”, or “I will introduce you to one another”.
In the business world these are often called Referrals, and some business networks are set up purely to make introductions which may improve business relationships. A more social way, is when you give a word of mouth recommendation to a friend about a tradesman who has impressed you, or a brand or shop you have enjoyed purchasing from
There is an interesting history about being introduced to other people, and there are often cultural rules governing the process too. In the Victorian era, a man couldn’t just go up to a woman and speak to her – he needed an introduction first. This way, there was safety for the lady, and it was usually a trusted friend or family member who made the introduction.
We may not be so structured nowadays, but the principle is the same, we want to be able to trust a connection, and when introduced by someone we already know, then this feels safe and of benefit to us. We are happy to be introduced to strangers when a friend makes the connection from us, whereas we may never speak to them without this introduction.
Weddings are great way to meet people with connections to someone you already know – as there is already a common link with either the bride or groom – after all, you wouldn’t be attending if there wasn’t a relationship with one or other party. This may be why more relationships are made at a wedding than anywhere else!
Matchmaking is a formal structure, where it is the knowledge that other parties have about different individuals that makes them think they will be well suited and then ensure an introduction is made.
On a slightly different tack, the phrase, “Once upon a time” – is an introduction to a story, the listener on hearing the words, settles down knowing a story is going to be retold. There is familiarity in expecting a good and trusted story.
Nowadays, a smile and a hello can be enough of an introduction – after all, Paddington met many people this way! Perhaps the tube journeys would be more fun, if this occurred!
Some introductions are more memorable than others and in themselves make a great story. For instance, can you remember how you were introduced to Jesus – did it take more than one invitation – how was that first meeting?
Jesus is a great connector and introducer and his words were very plain when he spoke about introducing you to His father. In fact, he made it clear you cannot meet with God without his intervention.
In the heavenly realms, it is a bit like Jesus saying; hey do you know my father, let me introduce you. From this moment on your life is never the same as your relationship develops with the Father as well as the son.
As this is the most important relationship we can have – one with God – I wondered how often we make the introduction? We perhaps make it overly complicated (I talk about this in the broadcast) however, we can do our bit too, with the Holy Spirits help, by asking our friends, “Do you know my friend Jesus? Let me introduce you.” After all, we wouldn’t think twice about introducing them to other people we know!
There are Christianise words for this, Testimony, prophesy, witnessing, but the basic idea is an introduction.
So, who have you introduced lately, is it one friend to another friend?
- Who do you know who could be introduced to other friends?
- Who do you know who you could introduce to your friend, Jesus?
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.
No-one can come to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6 (NLT)
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