I sat down one evening to watch TV. I picked up the remote control and pressed the button. Nothing happened. I'd been meaning to change the batteries for a while and just presumed that they had finally given up. So I went into that untidy drawer where I keep random things, such as spare batteries, and started searching through it. “Now what was it... a double A, a triple A, let's see.” Finding the right battery I returned to the couch.
Again I picked up the remote control and pressed the button. Again, nothing happened. “Hmm” that's strange I thought. So I went over to the TV and tried to find the “ON” switch to see if I could do it the old fashioned way. This proved more difficult than I thought. Modern electrical appliances do not have clearly marked “On/Off” switches. So I had to go back to the untidy random drawer to find a flashlight.
Eventually I located both the flashlight and the “On/Off” switch on the back of the TV. I turned it on. Still nothing happened. It was only then that I remembered that the day before we had experienced a lightning storm. In a previous home in which we had lived, the TV had been fried when lightning hit the electrical wires. Not wanting this to happen again I had disconnected the TV from the source. No wonder it didn't work. It wasn't connected!
Staying connected is important. It's important in our relationships with each other. It's important in our spiritual relationship with God. Here at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church we have been following a series of messages based on the First Letter of John. His letter weaves together themes of sin, forgiveness and love.
Last week we were thinking about “Fearless Love.” This week we take a look at 1 John 5:1-6. In his final chapter he speaks about how, if our lives are to manifest the love of God, we need to be connected to God!
For John, faith is something that is birthed within us when we seek God. He sees God's commands, not as restrictions that hold us back, but as things that we will want to pursue because we know that God's love for us is deep and all embracing. He writes; “His commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world. Our faith.” (1 John 5:3-4)
For faith to grow we need to be sure we are connected. We can connect with God in many different ways. Though serving others. Jesus said, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40).
We connect with God when we gather for worship. “Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another” (Hebrews 10:25).
We connect with God as we pray. “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” (Ephesians 6:18)
So a simple message this week.... stay connected! How do we do that? God will make a way. Such is the insight of this weeks music selection. “God Will Make a Way.”
The Reverend Adrian J. Pratt B.D.