“And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken”. Eccl. 4:12
Man is made for connection and not for Isolation. God made man a social being, made to relate and interact with others because we all need one another. God is a relationship God, who created the family institution for man’s interaction and support (physically and spiritually).
A church family is also a place of connection. And when we are fully connected in the church family we get both physical and spiritual support that we need. Our spiritual connection with God makes us fruitful (Jn. 15:5 & Eccl.9:4). To be alone in the journey of life portend danger. A lonely and isolated person is like a sheep without a shepherd who lacks care and support and is prone to physical and spiritual attack. The Bible says in Eccl. 4:10b“...but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up”. The Bible tells us of the people of Laish, who lived in Isolation, in a valley and had no interaction with any man. In the day of battle there was no deliverance for them the tribe of Dan overran the city and captured it and made it theirs (Judges 18:7-10, 27-29). The prodigal son suffered shame and reproach because he separated himself from his family (Lk. 15:11-32).
In a church like ours, we should not to be an island to ourselves but get connected and acquainted with other members. This can be achieved when we serve in one ministry or the other as workers or volunteers. When we are part of the church natural groups (men, women, Children, teens, youth, and singles), and House fellowship centers. When we do these, we get to know others more intimately and able to get all the necessary supports that we need in the church.
As we get connected we should not abuse the privilege of “access” that our connection gives us. As God’s children, we are expected to relate with our church leaders (Pastors, ordained and alter ministers) and members in honor and respect. A relationship thrives in the atmosphere of honor and respect. When honor and respect are lacking in a relationship, strife and division are inevitable. In relating with our leaders, the Bible says in 1Thess. 5:12-13 “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves”. In relating with church members, the Bible says in 1Thess. 4:6 “That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.” When we are connected it brings love, unity, strength, and vibrancy in the Church and we are able to accomplish great things for God’s kingdom.
As we key into the theme of the month and get connected with others in the church may we be blessed through them and likewise be a blessing to them in Jesus name. Pastor Tope Dosumu