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Being Connected

John 15:5

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

A month or two ago (time blurs together) our church was struck by lightning. We suffered a number of electrical issues. One that seems to be lingering is an Internet issue. We shortly got the main system up and running so that the office could operate – but – the lingering issue seems to be all of the runs around the building. Things are connected – and finding all of the affected connections has been a task. We have replaced a number of connectors and boasters but still have some issues. Everything is connected to the core and if each run of wire or each Wi-Fi connector or boaster is not synced or working – people in parts of the building will not have access to the Internet.

Is there a patriarch or matriarch in your family that holds everything together? My mom and dad were the Lynch pins for our family. Mom and dad drew the family together for most of the holidays. We all wanted to be around mom and dad. It seems like – with them now residing in heaven with Jesus – each of our families are scattered – doing their own thing. We still try to get together – but it isn’t the same without mom and dad. When an arsonist burned down our family home in West Virginia – an era ended for our family.

As brothers and sisters in Christ – it is our relationship with Jesus that holds us together. Today’s passage reminds us of our connection. Here it is in partial context. John 15:1–8 – 1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

We cannot be the church – the Body of Christ – if we are not connected to Jesus. We can go thru all of the motions – we can have the building – we can hold the services – but unless we are connected with Jesus – we are not the church. Someone left a message in the prayer basket yesterday. The prayer concern was that God would send the Holy Spirit down on our church to set our heads right towards the Lord. We cannot be connected to Jesus if our heads and hearts are not right with Him. We cannot be blessed if we are disconnected – not connected to Jesus.

For churches like ours – with three different worship services – with three distinct styles – we must work hard to stay connected to each other and the only way I can see is by staying connected to Jesus. The more we are connected to Jesus the more we will stay connected with each other – rather than disconnected and seeing each other as the others!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way!

November 6, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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