To be spiritually connected we have to develop some relationships with other believers where we can be real. Where we can reveal ourselves and we don’t have to try to impress people or act like we have it all together. We were designed to be together. Bnd just showing up at church on Sunday doesn’t guarantee this will happen. In fact if you only show up on Sunday, I guarantee this isn’t happening. Here are four benefits for spiritual connection.
- CONNECT FOR HEALTH. One of the deepest needs in life is to be understood. We need some people that we can connect with. Have you ever been talking to someone in a conversation and it dawns on you that you’re not really connecting? We have this deep need to connect with others. We need people in our lives that get us. I came across this study from the Department of Health and they found that if you are disconnected from others…
- You are two to three times more likely to die an early death.
- You are four times more likely to suffer from emotional burnout.
- You’re five times more likely to suffer clinical depression.
- You’re ten times more likely to be hospitalized for emotional or mental disorder.
- CONNECT FOR GROWTH. Col. 2:19 says “We are joined together in His body by His strong sinews and we grow as we get nourishment and strength from God.” The Christian life is not just a matter of believing. It’s also a matter of belonging. To grow, I’ve got to be connected. We can’t grow in the Christian life alone. If we are disconnected, we can’t grow.
- CONNECT FOR EFFECTIVENESS. Eph. 2:10 says “God made us to do good works, which He planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.” Good works here means ministry. You were made for ministry. You were made to make a difference. If you’re not doing anything with your life that makes a difference in the life of someone else, you’re never going to feel significant.
- CONNECT FOR SUPPORT. We’ve got to have support from each other. If you’re disconnected there is no way you are going to be able to make it through the crisis that comes into every one of our lives. As a believer, you’ll never have to walk through a dark valley alone. As a believer, you’ll never have to walk through the loss of a loved one alone. God will walk through it with you. As a believer you’ll never have to walk through troubles by yourself because you’ll be connected to a group of believers who will walk through it with you. Eccl. 4:10. “If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble.”
Are you connected?