The Ultimate Connection
As Groups and Connections Minister, part of my responsibility is to help people connect with our church. It’s one of the things I love most about my position – helping the unconnected to connect. However, the ultimate connection is to help people connect with God in a deeper, more intimate and personal way.
As children, we dream about what the future will hold for us. We imagine what life will be like. We ask questions – What will I be when I grow up? Will I follow a career path like my parents? Will I be married and have a family? Will I be famous? The questions of innocence and child-like ignorance are endless. They flood our minds with intrigue and mystery. We think by the time we become adults we will have all the answers and life will be easy. By nature, all of us want to know as much as possible about our future without a clue of what it entails. That is not only true of a child but for adults as well.
As adults, we want to know if all the academic decisions we made have led us to the “right” place at the “right” time. If we will receive the promotion at work. If our doctor’s appointment will reveal anything less than desirable. If the house of our dreams will become reality. This list is endless too! We are constantly wondering about the future and what it will hold for us.
God designed us to have questions and be intrigued with the unknown. It’s why we have inventors, scientists, and mathematicians. It’s a natural, God-given desire. There are times we get so consumed with the questions of life we forget to look to the One who has all the answers. Where do we typically turn? To family, friends, co-workers? Proverbs 1:5 says, “Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.” (ESV) Obviously seeking Godly advise is a good thing and not to be overlooked. But, how often do we park at our friend’s table and “seek advise” when we should be sitting alone with a quiet heart seeking wisdom from the wisest of counselors – God Himself?
God wants us to know Him intimately. Do we rely on our basic knowledge that God loves us and has a plan for us without realizing He is our…
• Intimate Redeemer
• Our Sustainer
• The One who created us and knew us before we were born?
• The One who hurts when we hurt?
• The One who knows first—hand every temptation and struggle we endure?
This one thing I know with certainty – the closer I draw to God, the closer He will draw to me – James 4:8a (ESV). Each time in my life when I have sought God, I found Him – with no exception. He’s there. He’s promised to be there. He’s promised to “uphold us (me) with His righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10 (NIV).
My heart’s desire for others is to experience an intimate relationship with God and to know Him in a more profound way today than yesterday. How can you do this?
• Receive Christ as Savior
“But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” – John 1:12 (ESV)
• Seek God daily through reading His word
“Your word have I treasured in my heart that I may not sin against You.”
– Psalm 119:11 (NASB)
• Speak to God daily through prayer
“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice.” – Psalm 55:17 (KJV)
• Show God to others daily by sharing the hope that lies within you
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” – 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you. You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:11-13 (ESV)
— Carol Tant, Minister of Groups and Connections