What are some summertime activities that you and your family like to engage in together? Our family enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, and dining - lots and lots of dining. But another thing that we like to do is play games. We play games such as card games (Hearts, Spades, Uno, etc), dominoes, video games, etc. And one game we play from time to time is Connect Four. In Connect Four people have to build on what others have done and strategically connect pieces or tokens together in a diagonal, horizontal, or vertical line in order to win the game. In a similar way, in the Christian life, we are constantly building on the decisions of others, seeking to connect together the important spiritual, emotional, relational, and ministry areas of our lives in order to experience joy, peace, purpose, and productivity in our lives.
In the New Testament, we find that the first Christians faced many overwhelming challenges, and yet they were able to overcome those challenges because they made the “right connections” in their lives. We’re told in Acts 2:41-47 that those early Christians were strongly connected to the Lord and to one another. They allowed Jesus to be their Lord as well as their Savior, they learned God’s Word from God’s Leaders, they dined and fellowshipped together regularly, and they ministered to one another, and they prayed together. And because of those important “connections'' in their lives, they were able to live strong, satisfying, and impactful lives in spite of the great obstacles and opposition they were experiencing.