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Crucial Connections

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Gremlins … they are an imaginary metaphor we use for conveying the difficulty identifying the precise problem in our vehicles. Gremlins, in fact, can be so frustrating that we would rather sell our vehicles before spending one more day hunting for the cause of our misery.

At the top of the hated vehicle gremlins list is wiring problems. Wires can be illusive and, at times, impossible to find. It’s hard to imagine that a simple strip of copper wiring used in such a large vehicle could be so crippling … oh but it can!! Let one wire become corroded or cut and a two ton machine on wheels will be incapacitated, going nowhere. It’s hard to imagine that such a small wire when disconnected can bring progress to a screaming halt.

Scripture says, in 1 Corinthians 12:12, 
     “For just as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body—so also is Christ.” 

We all have a part to play in God’s redemptive plan. God has enlisted His Church to go and make disciples (Matt. 28:19). This means that, through the spreading of the gospel, God is enlisting all believers to have a part in the discipleship process. Our journey with God begins at the moment of salvation. Salvation isn’t the end … it’s the beginning. Salvation is the beginning of each of us doing our part to reach a lost and dying world.

As a Church body it is our responsibility to connect others to God through the gospel of Jesus Christ, then connect them into the discipleship process. Just like the wiring in our vehicles we each have a part to play and no one’s part is insignificant. If each of us believed that we are not included in God’s design the Church would fail to reach those walking through the doors of our Church. Connecting those we encounter to God and others, because the purpose of authentic discipleship is mandated on all believers.

Take some time this week and ask God, “How can I play a part in connecting those around me to God, the Church and others?”

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Communicate Like Someone's Life Depends on It

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On average a person takes roughly 16 breaths per minute. Multiplied by 60, this means that we take about 960 breaths an hour. Multiply this by 24 and we take 23,040 breaths a day. Now multiply this by a year and we take a whopping 8,409,600 breaths a year. Imagine this number if we simply add in exercise. The number would be even larger. In a lifetime we will take an average of 672,768,000 breaths. Now that’s a lot of breathing.

So, what would happen if we hypothetically decided that we were going to interrupt breath number 15,659 in our daily routine by not taking it? Hmmmm … Interesting thought, but in case the question is confusing let me give you a hit: we won’t live to take breath #15,660. Each breath we take is necessary for life. Unfortunately, there is no extra credit for having taking 15,659 breaths. No matter how well we breathe, if we fail to take our next breath, it’s our last one.

Communication is a lot like breathing. Any given time we can have stellar moments of communicating. We can even be dubbed a communication Rock Stars by our spouses for remembering to inform them of an upcoming dinner engagement. Forget to mention your work is taking you out of country tomorrow, however, and your Rock Star status has just been denied and, just like your last breath, you’re done. The proverbial turkey is cooked, and so are you.

Whether we are at home, hanging out in the world, or with our Church family, communicating is vital and no matter how well we do, we are one breath away from a breakdown or a celebration.

Christ is the perfect communicator, and He gives us great insight to the art of communication. From parables, questions, 1-on-1 interactions, large group messages, quoting of scripture and straight forward truths, Christ communicated to the world His role as Lord and Savior. Christ made clear to the world who He was and His role when He said, “I am the way, the truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except though me.”  John 14:6

How will we communicate the gospel with clear precision to the world? After all, the good news of Jesus Christ is more important than the air we breathe.

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