How our faith connections unite us and make us stronger in Christ
As I think about the connections we all experience in life, I’m reminded of the old children’s song that begins, “The toe bone’s connected to the foot bone.” The lyrics are inspired by Ezek. 37:1-14, when the prophet visits the “The Valley of Dry Bones” and prophesies that they will one day be resurrected at God’s command. Even more intimate and critical than the bone connections in our bodies, however, are the connections we have with one another in Christ Jesus. The apostle Paul writes in Ephesians, “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Eph. 4:4-5)
The faith connections we enjoy with one another are God’s design and His way of calling us to be His people and a part of His body. We live by the same Spirit as we daily celebrate the baptismal faith that links us together, and as we share the common purpose of serving the God who has redeemed us to be a witness in the world. In other words, the people in the congregation are important connections in your life! The elders are connected to the Board of Education, which is connected to the Board of Stewardship, which is connected to the organist, who is connected to the trustees, who are connected to the pastor and so on. Each of these connections is part of God’s plan, uniting us in purpose as a congregation.
Of course, each congregation is also connected to the congregation near it and with all the congregations of the Indiana District and the entire LCMS! This June 25-26, the LCMS Indiana District meets in convention in Fort Wayne. As we do, we will rejoice in our connections with one another. Those connections run all the way from Lexington, Ky., to Gary, Ind., and everywhere in between. Our bones are attached and we strive to function as the body of Christ. In so doing, we encourage and help one another in fulfilling the purpose for which God sent us!
As we rejoice in the forgiveness of our sins, eternal life and our connections with one another, we live lives together that are a response to God’s unconditional love for us in Christ. May the Holy Spirit move us forward in carrying out the purpose for which we have been sent. Enjoy your connections!