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August 28, 2012

Connecting With Others

Ephesians 4:25 says, “In Christ’s body, we’re all connected to each other…” Notice the word ‘connected.’ The body of Christ is the church, it’s believers. So to be spiritually connected you have to develop some friendships with other believers where you can be real. You have to be able to reveal yourself. Have some relationships where you don’t have to put on a mask or act like you have it all together. You need relationships where you can reveal your true struggles. Friendships where you can just be real, be you, and be accepted and encouraged for who you are. Spiritual connection is fellowship.

First you need to connect for health. One of the deepest needs in life that we have is the need to be totally understood. We need some people that we can connect with. Have you ever been talking to someone in a conversation and it dawns on you that you’re not really connecting? Maybe you’re talking to your teenager and you realize that you’re not really getting through. Or maybe you’re talking to your parents and they don’t really get what you’re trying to tell them. We have this deep need to connect with others. zwhen you’re not connecting it makes you feel isolated and frustrated. We need some people in our lives that really get us, that we can connect with, that really understand us.

Your relationships are the most important things in your life. First, our vertical relationship to God through His Son, Jesus Christ. And second, our horizontal relationships with those around us. You’ve got to have that spiritual connection. Ephesians 4:16 says this; “As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” Notice the word ‘healthy’ in that verse. Spiritual connection is the key to a healthy church, and spiritual connection is crucial for your emotional health. A lot of times we are so busy running around doing things that seem very urgent that we don’t take time for spiritual connection. Then we wonder what’s wrong with our lives. We wonder why we feel drained and disconnected. It’s because we’re not following God’s principle of spiritual connection. It’s a deep emotional need in all of our lives, but many people take it for granted. We get so busy that we don’t take time to really connect with others.

We connect for growth. Colossians 2:19 says, “We are joined together in His body by His strong sinews, and we grow as we get nourishment and strength from God.” Notice the words ‘join together.’ The Christian life is not just a matter of believing. It’s also a matter of belonging. You say, “Well, I believe in Jesus Christ.” Well, that’s great because you are halfway there. You have to connect to a body to grow in Christ. You commit your life to Christ and then you commit your life to some other Christians and connect in a small group. Without that connection to others it becomes almost impossible to grow on your own.

Jesus said we are to rejoice with people when they rejoice. We are to weep with people when they weep. You’ve got to have people around you to support you. Look at Ecclesiastes 4:10. “If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble.” God doesn’t want you to walk through life on your own. I don’t know how you can make it if you are disconnected. If you fall down, and we all fall at times, you’ve got to have someone to pick you up. When everyone else walks out of your life you need some friends that will walk in.

Have you found a connection with other believers? Do you have anyone in your life who walks in when everyone else walks out?