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November 14, 2018

The Power of Connection

“I am the Vine, and you are the branches.  Whoever remains (connected) in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without Me.” John 15:5 (GN)

There is power in connection! Just as a lamp connected to an electrical outlet can produce light, so God’s light shines in our hearts when we are connected to Christ!  Disconnect the lamp, and it would simply remain a pretty fixture.  It would never fulfill the real intent for its creation.

Ever felt like just a pretty fixture?  Okay, maybe just a fixture?  Pretty is relative, I suppose.  Still, you get the point.  There’s simply got to be more to life than this.  You were not an accident.  You were created for a purpose!  Your parents may not have planned you, but God did.  The Psalmist must have felt that way when he said,

“Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close.”  Psalm 27:10 (NLT)

I remember sharing that verse with a woman who had just found her natural birth mother.  She came to me just before the appointment she had set to visit her mother for the first time.  So many questions filled her mind about who she was, where she came from, did she have any other brothers or sisters.  Tragically, only days prior to their visit, her mother died leaving only the questions behind.  The woman felt disconnected from life itself.  As I heard her grieve, I was prompted to share with her this passage assuring her of God’s love and acceptance.  It was amazing to see the transformation on her face and in her heart as the comfort of God’s promise to hold her close brought hope in a hopeless situation.

When we connect with the one who created us like that, His power transforms our sense of insignificance with meaning and purpose.  He gives us a hope and a future!  Perhaps you have felt the bitter pain of rejection or abandonment.  Betrayed by friends or loved ones, you may wonder where you fit.  I love the passage in Ephesians 2:19 from the Living Bible.  It says,

 “Now you are no longer strangers to God … but you are members of God’s very own family, citizens of God’s country, and YOU BELONG in God’s household with every other Christian.”

Christianity is not only about believing but belonging!  Through Christ, you have a connection with God and His family, the church!  Church is not a place where people go.  Church is a family where people belong.  It’s where we connect with other Christ followers.

Have you experienced the power of connection?  When we connect with Christ and other Christ followers, we experience that power.  It’s the same power that raised Christ from the dead!  Apart from Him, we can do nothing; but, when we connect with Christ and one another, our lives are fruitful and productive!