John 15:1-16:4; 2 Chronicles 23; Psalm 80
Connections are important. If you want to get ahead in life, you need to have connections, or so it is said. These connections are the people that can help you advance in life. The old saying is that it’s not what you know; it’s who you know.
That may seem like a cynical observation, but Jesus actually agreed with this: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) Success as a follower of Christ depends on our connection with Jesus Christ. We can only be successful in our Christian walk if we stay connected to Him.
The thing about our connection with Christ, though, is that we bear fruit because we are connected to Him; but we bear that fruit by helping to connect others to Christ. We can’t say “I’m connected to Christ, so I don’t need anyone else,” or, dare I step on toes and say that it is not legitimate for a Christian to say, “I can worship God on the lake just as well as at Church.” We are called to be connected to Christ – and the body of Christ is His church. We worship together because we are connected with Christ together.
Lord God, remind me to stay connected to You each and every day. As I go to worship today, help me to help others connect to You also.