Lifeline, 4/11/2018

Lifeline 2018 04 11

One of the greatest frustrations of the internet age is a slow or unreliable connection. It can be exasperating, at times, to be waiting for an internet connection, or to lose connection in the middle of working (or gaming). It is amazing how easy it is to become dependent on our ability to be connected to the outside world through our computers and electronic devices.
 
It is equally amazing to see how easily we can lose sight of the importance of being connected to God and to one another. The most important connection that we can pursue is found in the call of Jesus in John 15:1-8, it is the call to abide (remain closely connected) in Him. I referred to this in a Lifeline a couple of weeks ago (2/28/18). There is, however, another connection that is also vital for all followers of Christ. It is the call to be connected with one another. The church in Acts is noted for its commitment to remain in one accord (Acts 1:14; 2:1, 46, 4:24) and to be devoted to the fellowship of the believers (Acts 2:42). It was an essential ingredient in the growth of the Church.
 
It is still an essential ingredient. Our ability to live successfully as believers is directly dependent on our connection to Jesus and to one another in the body of Christ. The enemy will work overtime to break or slow down our connection, we must be diligent to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3)  The world is looking for a connection; God has designed the Church to be that place. There is warfare against it from within and without. We must be willing to fight for unity. We must make a connection with Christ and with one another a top priority.
 
Fighting the Good Fight of Faith,
Pastor Jeff