Summary: To connect with God, we need to love Him more, learn more of Him, and live more the way He wants us to.
A favorite activity of mine as a kid was a Connect the Dots page from a coloring book or activity book. Before you start, you may have an idea of what the picture is going to be, and sometimes you may not. But you start with number one, and draw a line to 2, then 3, and so on until you get to the end. Then, the picture is revealed.
We use this phrase “connect the dots” in other areas of life. I like mysteries—either books, TV shows or movies, and even in real-life situations—detectives collect some clues, and you know the clues are important, but they don’t make sense to us at first. But when the detective “connects the dots” we can see the solution to the mystery.
Throughout our lives, we have collected bits and pieces of information that affect us spiritually. If you’ve been in Sunday School, you’ve studied the Bible to some degree. You’ve probably listened to numerous sermons, and while you may not remember any particular sermon, I’m sure you’ve gathered some tidbits of information from many of them. The hymns and Christian songs you here or sing add to this spiritual knowledge that you have. Radio and TV ministries have given you additional information.
So, we may have all these bits and pieces of spiritual information from all these different places, and yet we often still feel like God has little or nothing to do with our lives. We feel like He’s a million miles away. We’re so busy with school, work, family, friends, or leisure that we fail to connect with God. We’ve got a lot of the dots there, but things are so scattered in our minds and hearts and lives that we can’t connect with God the way He wants us to.
I want to share with you three ways to help us pull these “dots” together, so we can consistently connect with God.
Love God More
I want to do a little participation here: If you LOVE chocolate, raise your hand. (Wait.) Now, before I go any further, look around at those whose hands are not raised—these are the heathen, non-chocolate-loving people! Now, if you have your hand raised, and you have had some chocolate at least once in the 12 months, keep your hand up; if not, put your hand down. [Continue with “6 months, month, week, day, at breakfast.” If any hands are left up…] These are the ones who REALLY love chocolate!
If I changed the question and asked, “Is there a person that you LOVE—husband, wife, mom, dad, kids, grandparents, grandkids? And then I asked, “How often do you see that person—once a year, twice, once a month, once a week, once a day?” I realize that distance may hinder us from seeing some of the people we love as often. Or “How often do you talk to that person—once a year, twice, once a month, once a week, once a day?”
The truth is—when we LOVE someone, we want to SEE them, TALK to them, and LISTEN to them.
The same thing holds true with God. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 6: 5, “And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.”
Jesus said that THIS is THE most important thing in connecting with God.