Conduit Connection

28 Sep

When you were dead in your sins…, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness,which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross….Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.  These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ…. Such a person [is] puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.  Colossians 2: 13-19

My garden hose is one of my favorite tools.  I enjoy standing surrounded by my green and flowering plant friends in the cool of the evening as I shower them.  They thank me with bowed heads and colorful, fragrant offerings the next morning.

Without a hose I must use the watering can.  That involves lots of waiting for filling, and lugging, and sloshing, and spilling on my shoes, and holding a heavy couple of gallons of water while it pours out.

The hose does all the work for me.  All I have to do is turn it on and off.  I have a shut-off valve before the nozzle, but sometimes it’s easier and faster to just bend the hose, crimping it to a trickle.  However it’s accomplished, the ability to turn the water off and on makes the hose a convenient faucet extension.  The hose does all the work, and the water goes efficiently to where it’s needed.

As a worship leader, my goal is to be a conduit of God’s love and grace – allowing Him to flow through me so others connect with Him.  The hose is a descriptive metaphor – and an apt one – for my relationship with God.

In my imagination I see everyone with spiritual hoses connected to the tops of their heads.  Some are exalting in a fountain-like shower, sprinkling those around them; while others have turned off the nozzle and are wandering around, searching for sweet water in terrain filled with stagnant, dirty, putrid, and even poisonous salty pools.

More like an umbilical cord than a garden hose, the connection to myCreator that I am born with flows constantly over my soul, flooding me with grace, mercy, strength, wisdom, and love.  But unlike an umbilical cord, this connection is not supposed to be severed at birth.  Instead, it is to be tended so as not to get kinked, shutting down spiritual health and vitality.  And this connection is never meant to be shut off.

But we do.  I do.

For reasons that seem silly, self-seeking, and stupid when realized and named, I crimp or turn off my connection to God.

So here’s my crazy thought – what if I could keep that connection open, healthy, and flowing?  What if all of us in the church could?  How would that change our families, our neighborhoods, and our churches?

How would that change our worship?

What if everyone who read this post kept his/her connection with God open all week and came ready to worship God on Sunday?

I dare you to try it!  I dare myself to try it!!  Let’s make this our holy experiment – to be so connected to our Creator, so in love with our Savior, so infused with the Spirit, that praise, worship, and adoration tumble out of us like a garden hose without a nozzle.

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Ready for Sunday

List the issues, sins, attitudes, etc. that limit my connection to God.

Confess them, and ask God for a plan to avoid them in the future.

Now revel in a flood-level connection, and let it overflow to everyone I’m connected with… and watch what He does– in the church, in relationships, in my neighborhood…

The godless drought is over.

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A resource on the topic: Connection to God, Kim Walker

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