Theme of the Week: Abiding in Christ
Bible Verse: This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:12-13 NKJV
Scripture Reading: John 15:12-15; John 13:31-38; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13:7
Have you ever explored your family tree? It’s a fascinating exercise to look at our family history to see where we come from, who our ancestors are, and to whom we are connected. An exercise in our personal history can reveal a web of connections.
In the Scriptures, Paul the Apostle reminds us that in Christ, we are connected to one another in the family of God: “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God…” (Eph. 2:19NKJV).
In these challenging, pandemic days, it is normal to feel disconnected from our faith community. Others have disconnected because of life’s busyness, past hurts, or deep questions that received no answers.
What we do know is disconnection is more common than ever. More and more people are asking if they need the church to serve Jesus. Maybe that’s the wrong question. Maybe the question is how much love I do have?
Just as a branch is connected to the vine, so are branches connected to each other. We were created for community, and we grow the best close to Jesus and one another. Love is not only something God wants us to receive, but it’s something he wants us to reciprocate. As hard as it is to have connections like we once did in coffee shops, cinemas, and concerts, there are many ways to connect and lots of people who need someone to reach out and connect to them.
If you feel disconnected, look around today, find someone that needs a kind word of encouragement, and connect to them with the love of Jesus. Maybe in laying down your own life, you will find new life and new connection.
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