I hope you have had an awesome week serving the Lord by investing in the Word of God and investing the Word of God in the lives of the people around you. Today, I am going to begin a new series during children’s church, a series called “Connecting”. This week, we are going to learn how to connect with God and how that motivates us to connect with others in a meaningful way.
I. Connecting with God in the Old Testament
God created man to be in community with Him. We explain this in terms like “personal relationship”. God invests in mankind one person at a time and then He motivates that person to invest in others so that they can have community together and all can connect with God. We see this idea from the very beginning of the Bible. God created Adam and Eve to have fellowship with each other and fellowship with Him. That connection was broken when Adam and Eve chose to sin and be their own gods. God used a man named Moses to teach people how to reconnect with God and each other when He gave him the 10 commandments. If you take a look at the 10 commandments, the first 4 deal with connecting with God and having community with Him. The next 6 deal with connecting with the people around you and having community with them. The two ideas are interconnected. You cannot connect with God and not have community with the people around you. You cannot have real relationships with the people around you if you have not first connected with God.
II. Connecting with God in the New Testament
Let’s take a look at Ephesians 4:32 to see how this teaching is emphasized in the New Testament.
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
It begins with God. We are able to connect with God because of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through His sacrifice, God is able to forgive our sins and allow us to connect with Him. Once we have connected with Him, we will reach out to the people around us, learning to be kind to them and have a big, soft heart for them. We love them because God loves us and we invest in them because God invests in us. We want to introduce them to Christ so that through Him they can also connect with God and we can all have community together. Are you connected with God? How does that connection motivate you to connect with others?
III. Old Testament example
God always uses real life situations to teach us spiritual truths. If you look at the birth of Moses, the man who connected with God and God used to gives us the 10 Commandments, you will learn what being connected to God looks like. In Exodus 1-2, we find out that Moses is born during a time of turmoil when life was viewed as being very cheap. The Pharaoh wanted all baby boys of Hebrew nationality to be put to death. He ordered the mid-wives to kill them. They feared the Lord which means that they respected Him and were connected with Him. Because of that connection, they valued the people around them. The disobeyed this terrible law and put their own lives on the land to protect the people around them. The relationship with God motivated them to love and serve people. As a result, Moses was born and his life was spared. He grew up to deliver his people and teach them how to connect with God.
What about you my friend, are you connected with God through Jesus Christ? If you are, how has that connection motivated you to connect with others by loving and serving them? Do you realize that God wants to use you to change the world one person at a time? How are you maintaining your relationship with God? Do you spend time in personal Bible study and prayer, daily? Do you intentionally seek to invest in the people around you? If not, then why not? May the Lord help us connect with Him so that we can have true community with each other.