We are connected…
October 4th, 2019
In this modern age of instant communication across the globe, a strange phenomenon is evident. The more people are connected digitally, the less connected they seem to be emotionally and physically.
I want to dedicate today’s devotional to demonstrating our connectedness. I wasn’t even certain connectedness was an actual word till I typed it in, and my dictionary said it was okay.
Dictionary aside, God created us as social creatures. In fact, the very reason He created us was to have a relationship with us, His creation.
So, this is the first of our connections. God connecting with His creation.
When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
Genesis 3:8-9 (NLT)
Prior to the creation event, God the Father was still connected. His Son Jesus and His Holy Spirit. Three distinct persons, one awesome God.
It was God’s custom in the afternoons to stroll through the garden and fellowship with His creation, especially His two favorite creations, Adam and Eve. In this God is demonstrating His intent to have a relationship with His creation, first the first two humans and then later us.
Speaking of us, our shared lineage goes back to Adam and Eve. It doesn’t matter what color your skin is, or what features your face has, we all share the same heritage. In the beginning, God didn’t carve out a black man and woman, or piece together a white couple, He didn’t put a twist on everything and knockout some oriental features for variety.
No, He created man and woman a living soul. Here is something that may really cause you to think, what race was Adam and Eve? I know the answer to this question, but we’ll hold off on it till later and you can think about it.
All humanity is sourced from the same gene pool, researchers have borne this out. (https://www.christianevidence.net/2018/03/dna-traces-back-to-adam-and-eve.html) There is a disagreement on the timeline, but if you believe God’s Word as the Authority, it’s not hundreds of thousands of years; it is a mere 6,000 – 6,500 years. Christians have been duped into believing in an ‘old earth’ version of creation.
This allows them to embrace what some scientist insist is the timeline to facilitate evolution. If you call yourself a Christian, and trust the Bible as authoritative truth, you can’t embrace old earth thinking; period!
Of course, this all connects us to Jesus as a fellow homo sapien. The only difference here is that while Jesus was ALL man, He was also ALL God at the same time. Not to be confused with half man, half God; this would have made Him only part of each, but He was ALL man and All God.
Some may want to question how this could be, but the scripture reads.
“For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
John 4:24 (NLT)
So, this God/Man Jesus Christ isn’t a play on words regarding being all of both, man and God. The God part can occupy all space or specific space and coexist with in matter. As a ‘matter’ of fact, the Holy Spirit living in us is evidence of the truth to that statement.
The Spirit living in us is yet another example of connectedness. If you have surrendered your life to Jesus and become a recipient of His Grace, then His Spirit lives in you. If you are nurturing that relationship with the Spirit you will find that that Spirit is alive and active. It is undeniably there inside you.
But we can suppress the Spirit, even though I can’t imagine why we would. We suppress him by being disobedient and not listening to His guidance.
This is kind of review but important to focus in on as it all falls under connectedness. Another clear reference to Jesus connectivity to the Father and the Spirit is found in the Book of John.
In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
John 1:1-5 (NLT)
How’s that for connected?
John was illustrating that Jesus was the personification of God’s Word. So, now not only to we have Jesus living in us, we had Jesus in our hands, in our hearts and minds. In Him and through Him everything that is, was created.
You may have question how the Word of God can be ‘alive and so powerful’, that answer is a given, the Word is Jesus!
Still more, however. Jesus tells us His followers we are to be every bit as connected to Jesus as Jesus is to the father.
“The Father and I are one.”
John 10:30 (NLT)
“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”
John 15:1-4 (NLT)
Salvation places us in an inseparable bond with our Lord and Savior! He first here talks about us being the branches attached to the vine but then He goes even deeper and saying that He is in us, and we are in Him, and if we remain in Him and He in us, we will bear much fruit.
All this to say that WE ARE connected, in so many ways! There is virtually no reason for us to ever feel isolated and having to stand on our own.
Remember, this same Jesus said to us…
Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:20 (NLT)
He stated this after charging us with the Great Commission. “In So Many Ways!”, we are connected to each other, and the Messiah who rescued us from eternal death.
Oh! I almost forgot to tell you, Adam and Eve’s race; it was the ‘Human Race’.
In His Grace!