Summary: Too often in the western world, we minimalize connections thinking that teaching principles is enough but 90% of the people who come to church do so on the basis of their friendly connections.
Enjoy the Synergistic Blessings of Being United in Spirit (Phil. 2:1,2)
"Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in Spirit, intent on one purpose." (Phil. 2:2)
"Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another and working together with one heart and purpose." (Phil. 2:2 - New Living Translation)
"Agree with each other, love each other, be deep spirited friends." (Phil. 2:2 - The Message Bible)
"Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention." (Phil. 2:2 - Amplified Bible)
Connection - The state of being joined with, associated mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. To be synchronized with another in meaningful relationships. (Oxford Dictionary)
Illustration: Serving in Nigeria as a seminary professor for nineteen years taught me that without good connections, my teaching effectiveness was minimal. Being and staying in good connections with students, staff, faculty and key leaders in the community was essential for credibility. Each lesson was measured by how well I could make connections with significant people in the community. Without good connections the teaching came across as lacking contextualization, clout and communicational relevance. Too often in the western world, we minimalize connections thinking that teaching principles is enough but 90% of the people who come to church do so on the basis of their friendly connections.
"It is not what you know that counts very often but who you know."
Illustration: The Overflow
When F. B. Meyer was pastoring Christ Church in London, Charles Spurgeon was preaching at Metropolitan Tabernacle, and G. Campbell Morgan was at Westminster Chapel. Meyer said, “I find in my own ministry that supposing I pray for my own little flock, ‘God bless me, God fill my pews, God send my a revival,” I miss the blessing; but as I pray for my big brother, Mr. Spurgeon, on the right-hand side of my church, ‘God bless him’; or my other big brother, Campbell Morgan, on the other side of my church, ‘God bless him’; I am sure to get a blessing without praying for it, for the overflow of their cups fills my little bucket.”
The Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching & Preachers, W. Wiersbe, p. 193
The Holy Spirit, working through the word, the church and His will, is the glue that provides effective connections through all aspects, opportunities and people. Selfishness is often the biggest hindrance to gaining effective connections as many people lack a genuine sense of humility. By asking the Lord to help us stay in good connections, relationships and communications with people we are seeking to act synergistically for God’s greater purposes.
Stop trying to just make a good impression with others for the benefit that connections can bring to you. Having powerful connections can often be done just to bring personal benefits to us. However, selfishness ulitmately brings discord, strife and conflicts. Paul emphasized spiritual unity by preserving the bond of peace through good connections.