Connectivity is a big part of societal functioning, with people using several different channels to connect with others for different reasons and purposes.
Our ability to connect with such efficiency, thanks to the ever-increasing advances in technology means that we can find out easily and with greater speed, what is happening in places and to people that are sometimes far away from where we are physically located.
In some ways, increased connectivity makes us feel closer to others.
Despite seemingly more connected, research shows that more and more people are suffering from mental and physical health problems associated with loneliness. And although we may be able to connect more easily and quicker using technology, it is fair to say that there are deficiencies in our ability to practically and humanly connect with each other. We are all wired for relationship and for community – to support each other and care of each other. Whereas decades ago, a sense of community was key to connecting with others, these days, many people are faced with many other options and choices to stay connected with others.
Central the reason why we connect with others is the need to gain knowledge or fulfilment in one way or another. It is our desire to experience or achieve something useful, good or positive that gives us a reason to connect with others, however we choose to do so.
But for Christians we can have a much more fulfilling experience if we connect to Who we believe is the Source of our lives.
The Bible, in the Book of John 15:4-5, Christ admonishes us: “Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine and you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit, for without Me, you can do nothing” (NKJV Bible).
Making the right connection with Christ, we find true meaning, purpose and direction. We find fulfilment and a sense of peace and abundance, regardless of our circumstances.
Making the right connection is crucial to our experience of life now and in the future.
Alison Awuku from Wokingham Seventh Day Adventists, writing on behalf of Churches Together in Wokingham