Staying connected- it is something we have more tools for, but don’t really know how to use them. Sure we know how to like, subscribe, share and retweet, but do we really know how to connect?
This isn’t another post about the dangers of social media or how disconnected we really are. There are plenty of articles and research online that can tell you that. Most of us, don’t need a poll to tell we feel disconnected in the midst of all our devices though.
We know a feeling of disconnect exists online. That problem is really just a side-effect of a solution. We feel disconnected because we were designed for connection.
Community can be found and is desired anywhere. People look for it at work, at bars and strip clubs, and among those that serve in the armed forces together. There really is no community unlike the one that does battle together. People look for it in community outreach, gangs, and obviously online.
All the places we look for it shows us we were made for it. It is good for us. Where does that come from? Where does that innate desire come from?
The Bible tells us in Genesis 1:27 that man was created in God’s image. This speaks to the very foundation of where we come from. An image is a reflection of something or someone. In man’s case we are a reflection of God. We are not him but we reflect him. Who God is is who he wants us to be.
We can find links to that everywhere. Why do you think people want to be loved, seek affirmation, and desire connection?
There are creative people because there is a Creator. There are people that lay down their lives for others because that is who God is. Everywhere we go or in whatever we do we can’t escape our origins because as an image we always reflect our source.
Those things can be polluted. Love can become selfish, intimacy can become perverted, and desire for attention can become a lust to be the the center of attention. Sin did have an effect on us. When desires become gods instead of lead us to Him they are idols. The legendary sin of idolatry is still around and propagating today.
That doesn’t mean that connection is bad, it is very good. God is connection and was before we ever came about.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (Jn 1:1) This is describing the fellowship of Jesus and God in the very beginning. The trinity has always been. Father, son, and Holy Spirit have always been the very substance of family and connection. Before anyone ever had a connection, God was one.
The only reason we seek one is because in his image we reflect him. That is why the danger of isolation is so real. Running from your design only leads to destruction. You don’t operate well that way. You don’t live out your purpose in isolation.
The body of Christ is connected. Colossians 2:19 says, “and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God.” In this verse the apostle Paul is writing to the believers in Colossae about the disconnection the false teachers in that community had from the head of the church – which is Christ (Eph. 5:23).
They were so disconnected they were full of lies. Disconnection from the truth will fill you with something else. The body is connected in Christ through the Holy Spirit.
In him we are held together and supported as one through the Holy Spirit. Through that Spirit we support and hold one another up as well. God uses those in his image to support those in his image. That is great because God is the source for both the lifter and the lifted. He uses his image to bring him glory. When this happens we just reveal to the world and ourselves our designer.
The problem in staying connected is when connection becomes an end and not a means. An end that is meant to be a means is an idol. We stare down the emptiness of our idols instead of being filled with the fullness poured out through community.
We feel the emptiness. Don’t give up on connection because the emptiness speaks. It says to us that we were meant to be filled. Holes are places that were once filled and designed to remain that way. Let social media connect not just to others, but to God. Living in connection with him actually enhances your connection with others. It is a gift he loves to give, because it reflects him. When true connection happens according to our design, you know it is him. So in order to connect, let us connect the dots first and discover the real source of connection. When we do that we can really connect, instead of just looking for it.
Article by Chase O'Dell - Founder of Bridgeway Ministries