As we continue to study the theme of “connecting” in “the ROC” I want to take a look at our next study on connecting with the Word of God. Up until this point, we have learned how to connect in the following ways:
We have seen that God wants to connect with us and He wants us to connect with Him. He has opened the lines of communication with us through His Word. Once we connect with Him, He wants us to connect with others, teaching them how to connect with God. When this happens, we have genuine, God-ordained fellowship. This entire process is seen in one chapter of the Bible, Exodus 20.
Now that you have had a chance to read the passage, I would like to draw out what we learn about connecting.
I. Connect with God based on His character
According to verse 1, we need to connect with God because of who He is and what He has done. God loves His creation and wants to connect with them. He has done all that is necessary so that we can connect with Him. With the Israelites, He raised up Moses to deliver the people from slavery. Once out of slavery, they were able to connect with God through Moses. In the New Testament, we see the same scenario. As people, we are born into slavery because of our sin nature. We live our lives as slaves to sin and cannot connect with God because of this slavery. God’s remedy for the problem was to sin send His Son, Jesus Christ, to set us free from our slavery to sin. Once we are set free, we are able to connect with God. We want to connect with Him based on who He is and what He has done. What does it look like to connect with God on a daily basis, now that the connection has been opened?
II. Connect with God daily
This is where the 10 commandments come in the picture and teach us about connecting with God daily, through His Word. Not only has He sent His Son to open up the lines of connection and communication, He has also given us His Word to keep those lines of communication open. The first 4 commands deal with our relationship with God, how to maintain it once the connection has been made. The first command teaches us to know God personally. The way that we get to know Him is by getting to know His character through His Word, who He is, what He does, and why He does it. The second command deals with us obeying God as we get to know Him through His Word. God communicates with us through His Word and He lets us know what He wants from us. Our job, once we discover what He wants is to bow our knee in obedience to Him. Once we bow our knee in obedience to God, the third command teaches us to serve Him on a daily basis. Our service flows out of our relationship with Him and our obedience to Him. How does God want us to serve Him? Let’s take a look at the next 6 commands.
III. Connect with others to connect them with God
After connecting with God, getting to know Him, bowing in obedience to Him, and dedicating ourselves to serving Him, we learn that He wants us to love and serve the people around us, investing in them and teaching them how to connect with God. We see this same concept in the Greatest Commandments in the Bible:
28 One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; 30 AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ 31 “The second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12)
Love (serve) God with all that you are and love (serve) your neighbor (everyone around you) as you love (serve) yourself. As we serve the people around us, we invest in them and teach them to connect with God causing the process to continue to repeat. The apostle Paul said it best when he wrote:
20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (II Corinthians 5)
This idea is seen in Exodus 20 by the fact that once Moses connected with God and joined Him in His will, he was immediately sent to the people to rescue them and teach them how to connect with God. This is what he did so faithfully.
Has this happened to you? Have you been set free from your slavery to sin? Have you connected with God? Have you learned to communicate with God through His Word? Have you learned to obey and serve God daily? Are you living as an ambassador for the Lord? Are you teaching others how connect with God, love Him, obey Him, and serve Him? May the Lord help us connect with Him and others on a daily basis.