A well-connected individual is one who has resources at their disposal. They may not have money, status, or position, but if they need something they can have it quickly by sourcing it from their connections.
We all know people like this. Some may have such connections.
So many wish to be connected to God and His abundance, but don’t know how to accomplish that very thing.
We can be ‘Connected’!
Isolation isn’t part of our design as human beings. Granted some find the interaction with humanity to be a painful experience and avoid involvement at any cost, even hermitage.
Living as a hermit isn’t natural, it isn’t healthy. It is an aberration in the essence of man that seeks separation from the rest of humanity. Some seek to live their lives hidden from view by surrounding themselves with nature, exchanging their connectedness with mankind to connecting with nature.
Not that nature is a bad thing, but when used as a substitute for what is really needed it serves only as an artificial supplement for a desire of oneness.
That desire of oneness is demonstrated every day, everywhere. The pop star that performs before an enthusiastic and adoring crowd of fans, seeks the oneness of their fanbase.
Others attempt to supplement by securing wealth and surrounding themselves with the finest things that that wealth can acquire.
Gangs form unified social units and embrace the value of belonging.
The breadwinner desires a workplace where their contribution to the organization’s success is recognized and appreciated. While when they arrive home they relish the repose of family and friends.
Likewise, believers gather together in the fellowship of like-minded spirit.
All these are manifestations of a desire to be connected, to be a part, to play a role, and be a resource.
What We Seek
All of this is a substitute for what our souls truly desire. We can deny this desire, and contort into other things but once distorted that desire remains for the original connection that has existed for all time and will persist beyond the end of time.
There is an enduring desire to be connected with our Creator.
Amazingly enough, the reason for our creation was to provide that very ‘connectedness’ for the Creator. As part of the design that was assembled making us, the Creator included that very desire in us.
Some refer to this as the “God-shaped hole” within each of us. While this metaphorically is accurate, there isn’t a particular shape associated with it. It is comprised of the desire for us to be connected with the maker and the maker’s desire to be connected with us.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1 (CSB)
It is the very essence of God’s Love for us, which in creating us, sought to have returned in kind to Him of our free will.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness.
Genesis 1:26a (CSB)
Just what does that mean, “in our image, according to our likeness”? It is perhaps subject to our imagination a bit because it isn’t defined here in this passage or the surrounding verses. There are references to it in other portions of scripture, but nowhere is there a complete inventory of materials and attributes that went into this assembly.
We can, however, take note from this passage where we can derive some of those components.
First, let’s look at who ‘us’ is. God had created the angels so it would be a bit unlikely that ‘us’ would be inclusive of them. I’m certain that some of the angel’s attributes were patterned after ‘us’ as well, but in this setting there really is only one reasonable conclusion. ‘Us’ is the Trinity!
God doesn’t do things halfway, so in creating us in the image of God, He would have quite possibly and likely used components from each of the Trinity. The form of man from the Son of God, to provide a physical substance and shape. The spirit of man to provide a portion of this being that participates on the same plain as the Holy Spirit.
Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.
Genesis 2:7 (CSB)
The breath of God Himself infused in this creation which gives it life.
But there were other attributes from these that were obviously included and among these were this desire for connectivity. Arguably, a desire to be connected to all things God has created, but most importantly to be connected in oneness with God who is three in one. The Trinity is the ultimate form of oneness. God put that desire to be one with Him in us as well.
As part of making us in ‘their’ image, God built in the same adhering property that comprises the Trinity itself.
Last night in our Disciples Small Group we have at our church on Monday nights, we got into a side discussion which happens from time to time and someone brought up the video of Louie Giglio where he is talking about Laminin.
Laminin is sometimes called the God particle or God molecule.
I’d encourage you to watch the video when you have a little time. It’s less than six minutes long: Louie Giglio talks about Laminin.
It’s a great video. There is an expanded version you can find by searching YouTube for “Louie Giglio Laminin” if you would like to hear more.
But Louie sites this verse in his talk.
He is before all things, and by him all things hold together.
Colossians 1:17 (CSB)
‘He’ is Jesus that Paul is talking about.
Have you ever considered just how that dust God created man from could hold together? Well just as part of God the Father was breathed into man to animate man, and the Holy Spirit imparted spirit in man, the Son utilized part of Himself in the creation of everything including man!
We Are The Image Of God
We are made in the image of God, not like a painting that is brushed onto a canvas. Instead, our image is drawn from the essence of our creator.
Part of that encapsulates God’s own desire for oneness, for Love. He used that on us as well. That of our free will, we might seek oneness with Him.
Jesus points to this very truism.
Remain in me, and I in you.
Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me. If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be my disciples.
John 15:4-8 (CSB)
Connectedness, oneness, the desire of God for us, and us for God.
Are you well connected with God at this moment, or are you substituting this ultimate connection that God’s built into us with things of this world?
These may not all bad things at all. Friends, family, community, and nice things, if not the ultimate treasure of your existence is the existence of God in you, then your only substituting something for the real thing your spirit desires, oneness with God, the Creator!