It is important you understand that those who make progress do it by one distinguishing factor of simply renewing the state of their mind. They understand that the law of increase and multiplication zeros in on one thing and it is on how the mind actually operates i.e. how you think. Nobody on the outside is limiting you but yourself. The best form of help that you can get is that which comes from within. Jesus says if any man thirst let him come unto me and drink (John 7:37). He also says if you really believe in me out of your belly and no other place shall flow the answers to your questions. Therefore, it is an act of failure for you to blame your present state on individuals or towards people you think should have helped you. No man is under any obligation to lend a helping hand to you including those you have helped in the past. The scripture commands that you lend to men seeking nothing in return and heaven will reward you for your act. So there should be no dependence on the outside.
The more you look on the outside the weaker you become as a person. You do not need crutches to make advancement in life. All you need to do is to take up your bed and start walking. Those who blame and play the victim might win in arguments but they will lose in the real arena of life. They might win in the court of opinion of men and get weak men to support them. But when it comes to the real test of life they will fall as failures. So it is important you get yourself out of that mindset and understand that you must be productive in life.
Furthermore, there is a connection between relationship and productivity and it is important we understand this connection. Jesus in John 15 made a very powerful statement that showed His thinking pattern of and attitude towards life. He said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit (John 15vs1-2). In this scripture Christ was talking about the relationship between Him and His people. The true vine in the scripture stands for the trunk while the branches are the fruit bearing portions of Him. The second verse really shows Christ attitude and expectation towards His people. Which is that every branch in Him that is not productive is disconnected and every one that is productive He purges or prunes that they might become more productive. Christ is telling us in this scripture that our connection with Him is for the purpose of being productive. We must understand this attitude as believers and inculcate it.
What Christ was referring to in the above scripture is simply increase and multiplication by reduction. This means if you want to experience the grace of the quantum leap you have got to understand the principle of reduction in order to make real advancement in life. There are certain things going on in your life that you need to be purged of for you to be able to create wide space and empty your life of certain things. There are many things that are really unnecessary that are choking you and by just purging yourself you become more productive.
This area of purging and pruning in one’s life deals with the relationships within people’s lives. People that prune relationships within their lives somehow emotionally speaking think the act might not be an act of love. I will show you the importance of pruning your relationships in the scriptures. The bible says Jesus could do no mighty works because of the unbelief of the people around Him. Also in beginning when God called Abraham the first thing He told him was that he needs to leave his father’s house. This is because he cannot get the fulfillment of God’s promise if he remains there. Therefore, Abraham took all his property, livestock and immediate family members including Lot and his family on the journey. On their way, Abraham noticed there was strive between him and Lot so he made a separation between himself and Lot so that peace can reign.
The bible records that after Abraham was separated from Lot, God opened his eyes and made him prosper where he was. This shows that people might not have the kind of visibility they ought to have if they are in the wrong company. Instead their energy will be sapped into emotional ties that create strive and they will be busy putting out fires that are completely unnecessary. The reason a lot of people are still stuck in such relationships is because emotionally they feel it is wrong and the act will damage the life of the person if they decide to disconnect. Thus, you have got to watch out for strive in every relationship you are in because that is the first indication that shows you what you need to prune out of your life.