Connect With Christ

Author: Ryan Barlow

Recently my family moved and we needed to install the internet in our new home. We were told to take our old equipment plug it in the new home and viola we would have internet access.  
That is not what happened. All the equipment was hooked up. I knew the internet was out there. I just couldn’t connect to it. It took a trained professional to get me connected to the internet. Bam! The internet is at my fingertips. Connection complete!

All of us experience times when we are running on all cylinders with our kids and our spouse. We are connecting and there is joy in the relationship. But, there are other times when there is a disconnect. When we are disconnected, we feel frustrated.

So, we know what a connection is. Be it a connection to random things like the internet OR connections with family, friends, and others. But, how do we connect with Christ? We know God’s grace is out there. But how do we access it?

How do we connect with Christ? Faith! Faith is how we have a connection with Christ.

Forgiveness and eternal life are fiat accompli (an accomplished fact) for all. It is out there for all to enjoy. But access to forgiveness and life only becomes our reality when we have faith in Jesus.
Paul highlights this with Abraham. In Romans 4:13-16. Paul writes, “For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression. That is why it depends on faith, so that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,"
Abraham received his inheritance through faith. Not because He obeyed the Law perfectly. Abraham couldn’t come back to God and say, “Hey God, I followed all your instructions perfectly. So, you owe me land, a family, and an inheritance because I did what you asked me to do.” No, God’s inheritance was given to Abraham because of His faith.  

How did Abraham have faith? How do we have faith? Is faith Abraham’s work? My work, or your work? Is faith something we must do in order to connect with God’s grace?
No, because faith is not your work. Faith is a gift of God. I look to Ephesians 2:8-9: “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast."
Faith is not your work. It’s God’s work in you. Faith is a gift from God. You did not come to faith on your own. The Holy Spirit has brought you to faith. You are connected to Christ and His mercy through faith.

In response to being connected and living in faith, I pray that we participate in connecting with Jesus and helping our neighbors connect with Jesus by:
1) Receiving God’s grace in Holy Communion.
2) Listening to God’s Word. In Romans 10, the Apostle Paul tells us that faith comes through hearing.
3) Being the means of grace to someone else. Share God’s Word with others!