Whether you know it or not, you are a direct reflection of the company you keep. The more time you spend with people, the more their perspectives, habits, dialects, and even personalities can influence you. If you want to be great in life, you have to study the greats. Look at their formula for success and try it to see if it works for you. Surround yourself with who you want to be.
A couple of times on this blog, I've mentioned that in the next season of my life, I want God to send me friends who love Him. Don't get me wrong, I love introducing Jesus to those who don't know Him, but I can't hang with people who don't want to go higher! I need to be surrounded by people who love Him because I want to love Him more. If I'm really committed to growing in Christ, I can't afford friendships that influence me to walk backwards or be stagnant and complacent with where I am in Him. I need friends who not only see how great I already am, but also nurture my potential to be even greater. Real friends don't let you settle for good when they can see the God in you! Vessels pour into other vessels.
The "Winner's Circle" theory, as I call it, is actually a proven scientific fact. It's a principle called Stevin's Law, and it's demonstrated using communicating vessels. Let's break this thing down. First thing's first: What is a vessel? The word has several definitions, but for the purpose of this post, let's focus on the first one, as listed in Merriam-Webster's dictionary, "a container (such as a cask, bottle, kettle, cup, or bowl) for holding something." So, now that we know what a vessel is, let's see what Stevin's Law says about communicating vessels. According to hydrostatistics, "Given a set of two or more connected containers containing a homogeneous liquid, when the liquid settles, it balances out to the same level in all of the containers regardless of the shape in the volume of the containers."
Just in case you didn't catch that revelation, here's how it relates to the Winner's Circle Theory: If God fills up a vessel and you connect yourself to that vessel, whatever's in that vessel flows to you. Regardless of how different you look compared to the vessel beside you, you can and you will still be used. The same anointing, the same oil that filled that vessel now becomes shared with you simply because you're connected to it! When one vessel is elevated, pressure rises and the elevated vessel appears to have less liquid in it than the vessel it's connected to. In other words, elevation in the Kingdom creates more pressure on you, but if you're connected to a filled vessel that's not quite where you are yet, if your supply gets depleted, they can rise to where you are and fill you up again. This is why I want to connect myself to people who are more spiritually developed than I am. The strength of their faith will encourage me to rise to the occasion. As they cover me, I'll push myself to cover them. Check out the YouTube video below for a visual explanation of how connecting vessels work:
The big takeaway from this little science lesson is Proverbs 27:17, "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another" (NIV). When two or more vessels are connected, nobody is completely empty. Nobody's left out, and as long as they're on the same level, pressing towards the same mark, everybody wins. Like laughter, ambition (and passion for God) is contagious. Re-evaluate your circle and ask God to expose any and everyone who's not helping you get full. Get connected to some faith-filled friends who feel you and fill you, and watch God set you up to level up! #WednesdayWisdom