In our aging house, Karen and I discovered that a couple of our electrical outlets had loose connections. This might be a good time for you to check your own outlets and extension cords.
“Connection” brings the word “fellowship” to my mind. 1 John 1.1-7 is well-known. Here are a couple of key verses: “That which was from the beginning … this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you … what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ … If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
Christian fellowship means that we celebrate our relationship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit, and we live with that supernatural power in our lives. When our connection with God is strong, the blessings are amazing (John 15). We will bear much fruit because Christ lives in us (John 15). When we sin, we have an advocate with the Father (1 John 2). And there are many other blessings to be counted.
Christian fellowship also means that we celebrate our relationship with each other, but that fellowship sometimes requires some extra effort. Some of us (from time to time) can be hard to live with! One more verse, Galatians 6.9-10: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Let’s keep an eye on our connections, both our spiritual connection with God and our fellowship connection with each other. When non-believers see our strong connections, we will be the light and salt needed in this world.