Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Connection Factor: Why We Need Other Believers

Isn't it great when you meet someone new and stumble upon a common connection?  That exact thing happened to me today.

Our women's ministry has been collecting school supplies throughout the month of August for area schools.  Today a few of us met to deliver those items in hopes of helping children who might not otherwise be able to afford the necessary items.  Riding with a woman I had only met a couple of other times, we began to talk about where we were from, what are husbands do, etc., when we happened to stumble upon that common thread...police wife life.  Aaaahhh!  It was like a breath of fresh air.  Common ground had been found and we were somehow now interconnected through the thin blue line and our beliefs.

That's one reason why as believers we need each other.  When we gather together as Christians we find common ground - Jesus, and immediately feel a type of kinship.  It's sort of like meeting an old friend or long lost cousin or something.  It instantly binds you together no matter your background, education level, ethnicity, etc.  You have one Father making you siblings in Christ.

God said in Hebrews 10:24-25, "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

He is telling us here that we need our fellow believers to spur on or encourage us to love and do good to others, especially as the Day of our Lord's coming is growing closer and closer.

Look around.  Watch the news.  Listen to the radio or to comments on the street.  Word is that things are getting profoundly out of control.  Crime is up.  Hatred is at an all time high.  Selfishness and greed are running rampant all around.  A man's word (or woman's) does not mean anything anymore, and decency has been thrown out the window.  We need Christ-connections to hold us accountable and encourage us to stay on the right track.

So, are you plugged in?  Do you have those established relationships?  Have you made it a point to surround yourself with friends who spur you on toward the good instead of dragging you down to worldly standards?

Hmm.  For me, I choose to stay connected.  I know that if I don't, that is when I will eventually pull away from the Power Source (God).  I need good connections to keep me accountable and offer that Aaaahhh! moment.  It may be a little awkward at first.  Perhaps you haven't been in church since you were a toddler.  Well remember this...it's not a house for saints, but a safe haven for sinners.  We all fall short of God's glory, but that is exactly why we can connect so well.  No one is any better than anybody else, or worse for that matter.  God sees us all the same. 

Don't forget! Connect, stay in the Word, and pray often.  It's the best way to survive this crazy world we live in.

Blessings,
Kristi

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