Mel writes some good stuff and this is no exception, “Not what you know, but WHO you know.” You should read his blog, it’s awesome.
This particular piece I really enjoyed because that’s right where I’m at, right where I’ve been at for the past year or so. That phrase, “it’s not what you know but who you know,” has been one with negative connotations, a lament, a complaint, a saying often heard around these parts having to do with injustice, unfairness, nepotism.
Don’t even get me started on how you can’t fight city hall. That game is totally rigged.
So “it’s not what you know but who you know” is a very powerless phrase, one having to do with learned helplessness and resignation. We have many of those in this neck of the woods, “it just is what it is.” We are what we are. Nothing ever changes. Doesn’t matter how hard you try, it’s always going to be all about who you know.
So in the midst of all this endless murmuring, the Lord was like, you do not know what you think you know, which is always an indication that I need a fresh perspective. The renewing of your mind. So here we are a few months later with that very same phrase, nothing’s really changed in the wording at all, but suddenly it has a whole new meaning, a positive spin, a truth revealed that just wasn’t there before.
It’s no longer a lamentation of despair but an affirmation of power.
Now we have transformed the whole phrase into something new entirely. Who you know is the Most High, the maker of heaven and earth. The One who moves mountains and hangs stars in the sky. What we know isn’t nearly as important as, do you know Him??
This pastor I am fond of often says things like “when your Dad is the boss, you get to play in His office.” It’s about remembering who you are and Whose you are, and stepping into His authority. Sonship, the heirs to a kingdom, the Boss’ kid.
Chuckling here, sure enough this morning my hubby lamented, “it’s not what you know but who you know,” and I was like “Right, and Who we know is the Most High. We’re the Boss’s kid!” Very funny, he’s not been following this conversation so he was a bit confused, a bit skeptical, but I think he’s starting to catch on.
I was just pondering these things in the context of revelation, of reading the Bible, of suddenly having spiritual eyes that allow you to see what you could not see before in the words right before you. I enjoy that kind of thing very much, that mystery revealed, that fresh perspective that changes everything, that changes you.