What is a networker? Well there are several definitions, but the one I like best is “a person who gathers individuals for a common interest”.
Jesus was the original networker, he gathered 12 disciples, trained, mentored, inspired and then sent them out to spread the message of salvation.
“And He called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two giving them authority . . . wherever you go, stay in the same house until you leave town. But if any place refuses to welcome you or listen to you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have abandoned those people to their fate.” Mark 6:7-10.
Did you know that today, Network Marketing is the fastest growing industry in America, generating over $34.5 billion dollars in sales last year? The DSA reports that someone starts a home-based business every 10 seconds and nearly 50% of all households are involved in some sort of network marketing business. The industry includes over 18 million people and increases by more than 600,000 people every year! Wow, those are some staggering numbers and I have to admit I was a little surprised myself and I’ve been in this industry for over eight years.
As you can see, there are many networkers in America today and they, like Jesus, are sharing the message of their company and products. Although it is not the same important soul-saving message as Jesus, there are many similarities such as gathering a team of people (disciples) teaching them, mentoring them and equipping them to go out and share their opportunity and message, and like Jesus, they face rejection every day, suffer negative criticism, avoidance, accusations of schemes “pyramid things”, and sometimes feel like they are unwanted and unworthy! Many times we find it more comfortable to speak to complete strangers than our friends and family because they have no pre-conceived ideas about us or our motives.
As scripture says in Mark 6:4, Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family. And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.”
Since network marketing seems to to be working for so many people, then why is there still so much negative perception around this industry, why is it so misunderstood? Network marketing is a calling and an honorable career that models the methods, strategies and principles that Jesus used to reveal the Kingdom of God.
Therefore, this method of building an organization is an extraordinary threat to the kingdom of darkness. It has experienced a season of great attack, defilement and destruction by the evil one, due to the great potential that the industry has to be a vehicle that God uses to reveal His glory throughout the earth!
Since networkers often share much more than their products, they can have a positive influence on people that they may have possibly never met, and share the good news of Jesus Christ. Many networkers have more time and flexibility since they work from home, and are also usually less stressed, more rested and have more time to spend with their children, as well as more financial security and financial freedom to become great supporters of their communities and charitable organizations.
Network marketing is a life-changing business that molds people to become more confident with their people-skills and see beyond cultural differences; thereby identifying each individuals potential and talents. When you master the skills of networking, it will impact many other areas of your life and enrich relationships with your spouse, your children, your parents, siblings and really everyone you meet. I feel so blessed to be a part of this industry because it has taught me compassion, discernment, faith, hope and love!
The most important commandment is this: The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul all your mind and all your strength. The second equally important “Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandmet is greater than these.” Mark 12:29.
Although not everyone is called to be in network marketing, everyone is called to be disciples for Jesus. We, as believers, are the light of the world and have been granted authority to spread the Word to all the nations that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, this is called, the Great Commission..
“I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this I am with you always even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-19.
Be the light,