Friday, January 11, 2019

It's All About the Connection!

Recently, I purchased a new set of Bluetooth headphones to wear when running or working out at the gym. It’s great not having to plug them into my phone or iPod to listen to my music.  There’s no need to have a wire that seems to constantly get in the way.  Just hook up via Bluetooth and you’re good to go. Such is the case as well with the music I play in our home.  There’s no longer any need to have wires all over the place to connect a bunch of speakers to a stereo system or whatever music device one is using. Now our speakers can be hooked up simply via a Bluetooth connection.  And, then there is WiFi. No need to plug in one’s computer via a cable to connect to the Internet; just connect via WiFi.  It seems to me that we are moving more and more towards life without wires.

In the end, however, life with or without wires is ultimately about the connection. After all, if we couldn’t connect well enough without the wires, we would all readily go back to the wires. In the end, it is all about making sure we have the right connection to our phones, iPods, computer, etc., whether it be via Bluetooth, WiFi, or even a cable.  It’s all about the connection!

Such is the case with our lives. The Bible talks about a two-fold connection that we are to have at work within our lives as followers of Jesus Christ. We are to live our lives connected to God through faith in Christ. And, we are to live our lives connected to one another.  The two go hand-in-hand.

Jesus said the two greatest commands are to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…” and to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37, 39 – NIV)  He implies you can’t really fulfill one without the other.  The Apostle Paul wrote, From him (Christ) the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:16 – NIV) That is, as we become connected to God through faith in Christ, we automatically become connected to all other believers within the body of Christ. Our job is then to be a blessing to the rest of the body.  

In the end, our lives are to be lived in connection with God through Christ and in connection with one another. No wires needed, just faith in Christ, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and a God-given love for those with whom God blesses our lives.

So, let me ask you today, what’s your connection like? Are you living your life fully connected to God through Christ? Are you living your life connected to those around you—i.e. as a blessing to the people in your life?  Again, the two go hand-in-hand.  In the end, it’s all about the connection!

Have a great day!

Pastor Tim Harris

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