Last week we spoke about the fact that there are two elements that make a person truly successful in this life and they are Personal Growth and People Skills. Well last week we dealt with Personal Growth, so now let’s look at People Skills.
As Christians we are ALL called to do the work of the Evangicalist, which is part of the great commission. This involves dealing with people, so if you have no understanding about people, you will not be that effective at evangelism. Many people don’t do it because they think, that is for some people but not every person. WRONG! We are ALL called to do the work of the evangelist to some degree.
Remember the bible says in Proverbs 4:7 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
So wisdom should tell you that you need to share the gospel because we are living in a dying world however, at that point you should then start to develop the skills of how to communicate to different types of people in different situations.
Many times Christians are sincere in their desire to see the lost saved but they are completely wrong in their approach and many times instead of drawing people to Christ, they push them away. However we need to develop people skills so we can be effective in this area and it all starts with LOVE. “And love your neighbour as yourself”. (Luke 10:27)
When you truly love people, you will learn how to connect with people.
The apostle Paul understood this:
1Co 9:19 For though I am free from all, yet I have made myself servant to all, so that I might gain the more.
1Co 9:20 And to the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might gain the Jews. To those who are under the Law, I became as under the Law, so that I might gain those who are under the Law.
1Co 9:21 To those who are outside Law, I became as outside Law (not being outside law to God, but under the Law to Christ), so that I might gain those who are outside Law.
1Co 9:22 To the weak I became as the weak, so that I might gain the weak. I am made all things to all men, so that I might by all means save some.
People skills will open doors for you that you cannot imagine. People skills allows you to present your body a living sacrifice that is Holy and acceptable onto God and present it in such a way that it brings about conviction in others by the power of the Holy Spirit just by watching your conduct. As you learn people skills, you understand what would causes a certain type of person to fall and what would not, so you avoid certain things:
1Co 8:1 But concerning the sacrifices to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.
1Co 8:2 And if any man thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.
1Co 8:3 But if any one loves God, he has been known of him.
1Co 8:4 Then concerning the eating of the things sacrificed to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God except one.
1Co 8:5 For though there are those who are called gods, whether in Heaven or in earth (as there are many gods and many lords),
1Co 8:6 but there is to us only one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we by Him.
1Co 8:7 But this knowledge is not in all. But some being aware of the idol eat as an idolatrous sacrifice until now, and their conscience being weak is defiled.
1Co 8:8 But food does not commend us to God. For neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse.
1Co 8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours becomes a stumbling block to those who are weak.
1Co 8:10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge sitting in an idol temple, will not the weak one's conscience be lifted up so as to eat things sacrificed to idols?
1Co 8:11 And on your knowledge the weak brother will fall, he for whom Christ died.
1Co 8:12 And sinning in this way against your brothers, and wounding their conscience, being weak, you sin against Christ.
1Co 8:13 Therefore, if food offends my brother, I will eat no flesh forever, that I do not offend my brother.
We should always consider others in our actions.
1Co 6:12 All things are lawful to me, but not all things profit. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
1Co 6:13 Meats for the belly and the belly for meats, but God shall destroy both it and them. But the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord is for the body.
So increase you understanding about people and you will help to win more souls for the kingdom.
In Reliv we all know that we have an excellent products, however as business builders our true product is not our nutrition, our TRUE product is PEOPLE. That is why to be truly successful in this Reliv business, you have to develop PEOPLE SKILLS. If you do not develop these skills, you will just be a person that retails a bit of product.
We are in the business of changing people’s lives and we want to change as many people’s live as possible and we can not do it by ourselves and that is why we need to recruit other people with a similar passion to join us in our teams, so that together we can make a difference to many people.
That is why you always hear, “Lead with the business but validate it with the product”
To do this effectively it is going to take people skills. When dealing with difficult customers and distributors, it is going to take people skills.
When doing effective follow up, it is going to take people skills.
When inviting to a Tuesday or Saturday meeting, it is going to take people skills
When getting someone to speak to your upline, it is going to take people skills
And when helping someone improve their health or their finances, it is going to take people skills!
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Jason Gregory Business Coach & Mentor
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