“The Power of Connection”

“The Power of Connection”
Bishop Daniel Robertson, Jr.
Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries

I was never really into science as a child, but don’t tell my mom I said that. (She taught 7th grade science for 34 years!)  Yet, I remember being fascinated with magnets.  If nails or paper clips got too close to the magnet, it seemed impossible to pull them a part.  How could that be?  Can you imagine being that close to God?

Connection is a powerful thing and it’s important in the body of Christian believers.  Sometimes God places people in our lives to serve as spiritual mentors or mentees.  Take for example the story of Naomi and Ruth.  Naomi was grieving the loss of her two sons and urged her daughter-in-laws to return to their home, but Ruth refused.  Because she followed Naomi and refused to give up that connection, she’s in the lineage of Jesus.  Because of her connection, she has a book in the Bible — that’s pretty sweet!

Ruth 1:8-18 (CEV)

8 Naomi said to them, “Don’t you want to go back home to your own mothers? You were kind to my husband and sons, and you have always been kind to me. I pray that the lord will be just as kind to you. 9 May he give each of you another husband and a home of your own.” Naomi kissed them. They cried 10 and said, “We want to go with you and live among your people.” 11 But she replied, “My daughters, why don’t you return home? What good will it do you to go with me? Do you think I could have more sons for you to marry? 12 You must go back home, because I am too old to marry again. Even if I got married tonight and later had more sons, 13 would you wait for them to become old enough to marry? No, my daughters! Life is harder for me than it is for you, because the lord has turned against me.” 14 They cried again. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-by, but Ruth held on to her.15 Naomi then said to Ruth, “Look, your sister-in-law is going back to her people and to her gods! Why don’t you go with her?”  16 Ruth answered, “Please don’t tell me to leave you and return home!  I will go where you go, I will live where you live; your people will be my people, your God will be my God.  17 I will die where you die and be buried beside you.  May the lord punish me if we are ever separated, even by death!” 18 When Naomi saw that Ruth had made up her mind to go with her, she stopped urging her to go back.

If you read the rest of the chapter, you’ll see that Ruth became a very blessed woman by following Naomi.  She married a wonderful man who took care of her and eventually created a lineage that traces all the way to Jesus.  But, just like in Ruth’s situation, sometimes there are some “connection tests” we have to pass.  Every now and then our connections will be challenged.  How far would you go to stay connected to someone who has a divine purpose in your life?  We shouldn’t take this connection for granted.  If the Holy Spirit leads you to a church, stay plugged in to the Pastor.  This person is connected to your spiritual journey.

Something to think about: Who are the “magnets” in your life?  In many ways our destiny is linked to who we’re connected to!

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