God wants to change the world, and the way He does that is by creating disciples who partner with Him. And, for us here at Bethany, being a disciple means this:
- Connect UP daily with God.
- Journey deeply WITH others.
- Serve OUT in the community.
This past weekend, we explored the first of these three core actions: Connect UP daily with God. And, as we explored this, we began by first recognizing that our world is incredibly busy and distracting. We live in an age of constant information and distraction.
Amidst all that is going on in our lives, it can be difficult to connect with God.
Yet, from an ancient letter, we learned something amazing, startling, and even shocking: We are already connected to Christ, and to one another. This is the language of Colossians 1:15-20, and what many scholars believe is an early hymn of the Church. In vv. 16c-17, we read this:
“Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.”
And, this is an incredible truth to realize. Because, Paul is reminding us of something important: God isn’t elsewhere. We don’t have to go looking for Him. He is right here with us, and in us. If we want to connect with God, we can, because He is all around us.
Or, as Paul says: “He holds all creation together.” (v. 17)
In every day of our lives, He is holding you and I together. If we are going to connect with God in a world that is full of distraction, busyness, and noise, we need to realize that there is no place on this earth that we are not in His presence.
Christ is in everything, part of everything, and holding everything together.
Therefore, we landed on a simple main point: You can connect with Jesus, because He’s connecting with you.
The problem is that we forget this. We drift from this. We get distracted from this. But, when it comes to connecting with Jesus, we don’t have to start anywhere else then right here and now.
Because, that’s where Jesus is too. He is always with us.
And, to do this, we were given a simple challenge: Confess and listen to God daily.
STEP ONE: We need to confess. While we are always connected to Jesus, our sin causes us to separate from Him. Confession restores this. As we open ourselves up to Jesus, we are reconnected to Him, who is always open to us.
STEP TWO: We need to listen. We need to pay attention for Jesus and how He is already connected with us. This can happen through worship, prayer, silence, art, walking, journaling, or any 1,000 of other ways. But, we need to develop a habit of listening.
So, to start this, we took communion together. To help us to remember to confess and listen to God daily.