A challenge we have all been facing recently is how do we stay connected. Staying connected to friends, family and to God. With another UK wide lockdown in place, Kempston East is once again having to close our doors until it is lifted and it is safe to meet and worship together again. So we are once again left with this question, how do we stay connected with God?
It is important to keep a strong connection with God and we wanted to outline some ways in which you can do this.
In terms of connection, I’m talking about how strong is our connection to God - similar to a WiFi signal. I thought that was fairly apt for the current times where the most asked questions nowadays must be: “How do I improve my WiFi signal?” and “Have you tried clicking on the microphone symbol?” We have all been there when our connection to the internet has been a bit dodgy, the picture isn’t as clear as it could be, and we have unexpectedly left an online meeting due to a bad connection — or that was our excuse anyway! In order to keep the picture clear and be able to communicate we have to have a strong connection. This is the same in our Christian life; we have to have a strong connection with God.
To ensure we have a strong WiFi connection, we have to pay a subscription. To ensure our strong connection with God, we have to play our part as well. Instead of paying money, we have to dedicate our time and our lives to God to ensure our connection with Him stays strong. Recently, we have celebrated Kempston East's 116th Church Anniversary and this week we remember those who served in the war all those years ago. Both of these initial events in time that we are marking are remembered in a similar way; where the actions of the few benefit the lives of many. The people involved dedicated their lives to do God's will and to make the world a better place.
We are all God's people and we were created to do his will. By doing this, we strengthen our connection with Him.
Without this strong connection with God, we cannot communicate with Him and we cannot understand the plan that he has for us. We can do our bit to keep our connection strong by praying, reading our bibles, living as the people of God and being stewards of his world.
The Bible tells us how important it is to have a strong connection with God. We learn on several occasions that Jesus removes himself from everyone else to pray. Sometimes, his own followers have to look for him in the mountains, where Jesus sits and connects to God. He was able to re-connect with his Father in Heaven. We can do the same and create a deep connection when we take time to spend with God. This deep connection can balance us, create direction and purpose in our lives, and recharge us for the rest of the day. This is all linked with our relationship with God.
Private prayer, Bible reading and meditation play a pivotal role in our personal walk with God, in building a relationship with him. This doesn’t have to all be done inside either; going outside for a walk and being thankful for the world that he has created is very beneficial for the soul. Many great thinkers and leaders scheduled a daily walk to help their thinking and connect to God. Winston Churchill walked every single morning right after he got out of bed. Other great leaders who set the same example include Einstein, Beethoven, and of course Jesus.
It’s important to remember that no journey with God is ever the same. We all take different paths in life and have discovered Christianity in different ways, so keeping our connection with God is going to be personal for each person. Ensuring a strong connection is one of many challenges we are facing at the moment but as was mentioned earlier, a strong connection with God can balance us, create direction and purpose in our lives. Keeping a strong connection with God will make everything else in life fall into place.
Put your faith in him and you will not be disappointed.
Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you back at the church when we are able to worship again.