“My prayers for you are full of praise to God as I give him thanks for you with great joy! I’m so grateful for our union and our enduring partnership that began the first time I presented to you the gospel.” (Phil. 1:3-5 TPT)
Just yesterday my wife drew my attention to an Instagram post made by a pastor we mutually respect and admire. In his post, he took out time to celebrate and serenade a very senior minister of the gospel to commemorate his birthday. Worthy of note was his comment—that when he started his ministry 17 years ago, this gracious man of God was one of the two men of God that sowed into the church in her first year. He generously gave him and the church $1000 a month. He further confessed that there were times when his check was the thing that got them through.
In the course of our study of the fundamentals of vision, we identified people broadly speaking as a critical fundamental of vision. Howbeit, to narrow it down by way of functionality, partners are mostly the unseen and most times, unsung burden bearers and risk takers.
I remember with nostalgia the story my eldest sister told me in the course of our professional working relationship. She told me how a certain influential man in my country— then relatively an unknown entrepreneur but a family friend, met her in the bank she was working for then; and it was a time the banking industry was going through a season of turbulence. This man said to her, “You’re a chartered stockbroker— go and get a stockbroking license.” The following week or there about, he sent in a very fat check as seed capital for the new vision. Today, that stockbroking vision has transitioned to being a leading boutique investment bank.
People buy into visions but partners don’t only buy into the vision— they own it and sell it to all within their sphere of influence. They don’t see themselves as external stakeholders but as internal critical stakeholders. They have similar characteristics with ordinary shareholders who bear the risks of the company. They rise and fall with the vision.
In the pursuit of the vision God has elected us by grace to do, we’ve been blessed by partners who believed and still believe in our vision even when it had no form or comeliness to be identified with. They demonstrate their partnership by their intentional givings, presence,prayers, commendations and recommendations. And my wife and I express our profound gratitude by our daily prayers for them and the monthly partnership letter we write and send to all.
God still sends angels in human form to support your vision. When God anointed Saul as king with the vision to lead his people— He positioned men as partners on his way. “Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come to the plain of Tabor, and there shall meet thee three men going up to God to Beth–el, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine: And they will salute thee, and give thee two loaves of bread; which thou shalt receive of their hands.” (1 Sam. 10:3-4)
Little wonder that in corporate finance, investors that usually give support to start-ups at the initial moments—when most investors are not prepared to back them are called Angel investors or Business Angels.
Therefore, partners can be likened to angels. They come with their entrusted resources, goodwill, brand, experience, stewardship, leverage, guidance and protection.
If partners are likened to angels, then they must be from God. They are usually sent or prayerfully selected or appointed. “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Heb. 1:14)
It becomes imperative that you ask God in prayers to send partners to help you accomplish your vision and for the favor to be accepted by these partners. If you need to select these partners depending on the variation of your vision—then you need to also pray for guidance, discernment and sensitivity.
Howbeit, God will only be committed to sending this angelic human partners when we first make The Holy Spirit our Senior Partner. And we do this by receiving the free gift of righteousness by our faith in the finished work of Christ and then allow His Spirit to direct and rule our hearts.
What an unspeakable joy to have the Holy Spirit as your Senior Partner!
To rewarding partnerships,