Friday, June 15, 2018

Lousy Church Internet Connections

When we moved to Snook, it took us a while to get our internet connection transferred to the new house. So while we waited for that to happen we were tethering internet from my cellphone which had terrible reception at the new house. As I was trying to work and upload things I kept getting the error message: "connection timed out." It was really frustrating. And once I lost my connection through my phone it seemed to take forever to get the internet back again. Then when I finally did get it back, almost without fail the connection was so weak that I got numerous messages: "connection timed out..."

Sometimes we get the same feedback message in life when it comes to connecting with God's people.  We move to a new house or get a new job or just let some things interfere and the next thing you know our connection to the Church has timed out.  The author of Hebrews warns us against this, saying, "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another –and all the more as you see the Day approaching" (Hebrews 10:25, NIV).

Just like when my internet connection times out and nothing works, when our connection with God's people times out, our spiritual lives will not work right. We were not made to live the Christian life in solitude. We were made to live it in a community. Even Jesus made certain that he was in the synagogue every week and with the disciples (you could call them his small group) every day. 
If your connection to the Church has timed out, do everything you can to reestablish a connection before you time out for good. Until you do, your spiritual life simply won't work right. 

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