[Connected] | by Kevin Meyer
"He's well connected," a friend told me. And he was. He knew all kinds of people and had all kinds of connections, but they only scratched the surface of his many relationships. It's one thing to know lots of people just a little bit and quite another thing to know a few people deeply. Being well connected with many people is admirable and a great gift. But being well connected where you are known, understood and loved and where you deeply know, understand and love others is a great treasure. Right up there with the "Pearl of Great Price" Jesus talked about. It is worthy of giving your all toward this end. It is the greatest command: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind; and, love your neighbor as yourself. - Mark 12:30-31
Jesus led a shift from being religious to being connected in an ever-growing, ever-deepening relationship with God and others. Too often we settle for "doing Christianity" rather than pressing into the challenging yet rewarding work of authentic community. Jesus envisioned communities of God's people where ordinary Christians live connected at levels the world longs for and people were actually created to experience. Jesus died to set up free to live and give grace and truth relationally: husband to wife, brother to sister, friend to friend.
Dr. Larry Crabb writes, We have made a terrible mistake! We have delegated our responsibility to professionals... And yet... there is a power within the life of every Christian waiting to be released. God has deposited within us the power to heal soul-disease (our sense of disconnection), and that power is released to do its work as we relate to each other in revolutionary new ways. Simply, it's all about being connected intimately with Christ and others.
Let's get well connected. Let's intentionally work on our relational connection with a spouse, child or friend. Let's press into being a community where we clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another... And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. - Colossians 3:12-14