Connect and be connected

th-5I woke up this morning feeling a really strong connection to my bed. We had a hold on each other that didn’t want to let go. My bed really wanted me, and I must say it was nice to be so desired, but God and you want me too, and that’s not a statement of arrogance. I’m not talking about the fact that you couldn’t wait to read my Catch this morning. I’m talking about the fact that we are connected far more than we realize. We are all a part of each other. Remember the Bible calls us a “body.” Someone is an eye, someone is a foot, someone else is a little finger, but we are all connected and we all need each other. The same blood flows through us all. When we move, we move together. Where I go, you go too. Where you go, you bring me.

If this sounds a little strange to you, or somewhat far-fetched or impossible, just listen to the words of Jesus when He was praying for His disciples:

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:20-23)

That, my friend, is a presentation of you and me and God in a very tight connection. We are so wound up in each other as to be one. What you do affects me; what I do affects you. No one is an island. Wake up and engage because that’s where you are alive. We are alive in each other in the Lord.

Now, I could have stayed connected to God in bed, but only in a limited way, because a large part of my connection to God involves my connection to the people and the world around me. I can only know so much of God lying in bed. I can know so much more when I am in touch with you.

I know we’ve mostly thought this was just metaphorical — this talk about being one, and about being the body of Christ — but I think it’s much more than that. I think it’s real. I think we are inter-connected in ways we don’t even realize. I also think you can go through life believing you are all alone, or you can go through life believing you are a part of everyone, and you will pretty much set your reality based on what you believe.

Wake up. Come out of yourself. Connect and be connected.

“Oh you of little faith,” Jesus used to say about His disciples. Your world is the size of your faith. When Jesus was with them, their world was small. They moved about in familiar places struggling to believe that this man/God who was walking alongside them was really who He said He was. When He left, and left His Holy Spirit with them, their world got much, much bigger. Their world grew to the size of their faith. They healed people, drove out demons, spoke boldly, and went anywhere because they were connected to a big God.

I don’t know about you, but that’s worth getting up for.

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7 Responses to Connect and be connected

  1. Mark Seguin says:

    When i started reading today’s Catch is sooo much reminded me of this what i once heard a preacher say: “Bed is like a bad habit in it’s easy to get into, yet so hard to get out of.”

    Luv this: “I don’t know about you, but that’s worth getting up for.

  2. gitta says:

    YES– God is so worth getting up for !! I look forward to connecting with God early mornings
    for my uninterrupted morning time with Him. If I did not know Him– without Him I would just want to pull the covers over my head & really isolate during the trials. He refreshes & fills me with his Word & Spirit–
    and how I need that fresh drink of the living waters daily. then I can connect to others
    as I step out into my day…….thanks for the reminder what He did through the disciples
    by His power & Spirit –and He has plans to use us, as well…..

  3. David Edgar says:

    I am so glad that I read your catch right now. I needed that well worded piece. I’m glad you got out of bed!

  4. David Kreitz in AZ originally from my beautiful Oakland, CA says:

    My bed and I had a great connection with each other this morning too. That was until I spilled an entire cup of coffee on it. I immediately put the bedding in the washer. Joey my cat just laid there connecting with our bed. He enjoyed watching the whole thing.

    Here’s another day: “We have this treasure (the life of Christ) in earthen vessels (our own bodies) to show the transcendent power (to live life) belongs to God and not ourselves”.

    Quoting the Apostle Paul from Corinthians and John Fischer New Covenant Album

  5. Cannon Ingalls says:

    John, I’ve gotta share about a connection that I’ve had with a nationwide segment of our Body. This week, we learned of the sudden, unexplained death of a young woman who was an integral part of our campus church. She died in her sleep, leaving a husband and 2 young children. As I was explaining the importance of going to the service to my 14 yr old daughter, I talked about how we’ve encouraged, mourned with, and shared with this body of Mizzou alumni scattered all over the country. We’ve shared pictures, memories and prayers online thru social media. Tomorrow, we will gather from LA, Pittsburgh, Georgia, and elsewhere to be with one another. It was good to read all the words and memories online. Tomorrow we will be present, close enough to hold one another. Close enough to see each other’s face, read our eyes, feel our tears. We will be what the Body was designed to do, protect and care for that part that’s injured. In Kate’s memory, with her husband and babies, we will have to hold onto Christ’s promise. ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.’ This week has, to a lot of us, been a demonstration of how the Body truly is connected.

  6. Peter Leenheer says:

    “Your world is the size of your faith”!!!!!! Thank you for that thought. My world lately has been getting way too small. I pray that all who read this have a very large “world”.

    Jesus was frustrated it seems at times with his disciples. It took 40 years to the promised land a journey of only less than a month. Praise the Lord he lives in the moment. We struggle with the past, and try to control our future. Rest is in faith the size of a huge world.

    John this was a very encouraging catch to me. The phrase that jumped out at me was not even what you exactly had in mind as being your main point of how we are connected. Thank you for all the good you do, even when you don’t know you do it!!! God is amazing!!

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