Linkedin? Facebook? Cell phones? The old-fashioned crank telephone? When is enough enough? Or when is too much too much? Now, I don’t stand in judgment of the person who photographs their manicure in order to post a picture of her fingernails on Facebook. That’s her business. However, it seems to me that some people need to share these minutest of details with a crowd just to feel connected for a few minutes. Is technology filling their hearts? This question may be as old as the first smoke signals.
We may be connected superficially, or we, through Christ Jesus, may be connected with our Father in Heaven. Comfort and security, and feeling truly connected with others, may begin with Christ in our hearts. I am sure that the Christian who understands relationship with God through Christ knows what I’m talking about, and they may add relationships with their Facebook friends to sweeten the deal.
This week I have been studying the Gospel of John, Chapter 15, verses 1-11 in the Amplified Bible. The crux of the passage seems to be: “I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me (cut off from vital union in Me) you can do nothing.”
It is a little like communication via the tom-toms (or e-mail). Jesus is the Vine; we are the branches. We commune with God through Christ, and through this heart/mind/soul communication, our branches bear fruit, which we can share with our families and neighbors. We can share through our emotions, our attitudes, our demeanors and often through direct testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What a fortunate harvest!
I suggest reading John 15:1-11 when you get a chance. These verses offer unlimited comfort through connection. Have faith.