Way back in the 90’s, there was a commercial that began to air on TV for Glade air fresheners. The jingle from that advertisement is still lodged in my brain to this day: “Plug it in, plug it in.” If you are unsure of the tune, just search for it on youtube. When we entertain the thought of being “plugged in,” getting connected also comes to mind. There are many options as to what we choose to be connected to, whether it is to the Internet, music, sports, the gym, etc. What about the church? Are we “plugged in” to the church? This is somewhat of a tricky question. Shouldn’t we be connected to Jesus? Are we baptized into the church, or into Jesus? These are perfectly valid points to be made. One could easily feel as though they were baptized into a group, instead of Jesus. The problem with this is that one is guaranteed to disappoint, while the other will not. The relationship we have with our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ should be, first and foremost, the air that we breathe, so to speak. He is our life source; the most important part of our faith. Without Him, all is lost.
So, what is the big deal about the church? Is it really necessary that I put myself out there, and take the time to get to know other Christians? The answer is yes! If Jesus is the air that we breathe, the church is CPR. When the trials of life cause us to suffocate, the church is there to bring us back to life. The church is like the sidekick to the superhero. It is obvious that Batman is superior by far when compared to Robin, but Robin is a great help to him. Some of us are fooled into believing that we can do it all on our own, while others may feel overwhelmed by all the different activities and opportunities. We cannot finish this journey alone; Satan is way too powerful. We need a support system that keeps us accountable, and also encourages us. Not just any support system, but one with the same mission in mind. We are all trying to get to heaven, and take as many with us as we can along the way.
As the church continues to grow, it will be more difficult to get acquainted with everyone. However, it is a misconception that we are required to know everyone in the church, and make ourselves available for every opportunity in order to be “plugged in.” This can be a very tiring and daunting task. However, for some, to be exhausted for the Lord is a really good feeling. To go home on Sunday night after evening services with our eyes heavy is way better than not going at all, and having a heavy heart because of sin.
There are many in the church who are naturally introverted, but push themselves to be more outgoing. When we do this, as uncomfortable as it may feel, no one can see the awkwardness that is brewing on the inside. We would be surprised at those in the church who claim to be shy, and are filled with anxiety when talking with other people. However, we would never know it unless they admitted it, because they keep themselves so busy greeting people. To be plugged in can also be inviting just a few people into our life. Not that we want to be cliquish, but we have to find that inner circle within the larger, and trust that all the circles will overlap. Have you ever been to a family reunion with folks who are related to us who we don’t even really know? Our immediate families are the ones who are closest to us.
Yes, we have lady’s classes, men’s classes, singing classes, singings at people’s houses, care groups, care group lunches, leadership classes, teaching classes, etc. The list goes on and on. No one expects us to be available for every single thing. We must make an effort to take advantage of what we can, when we can. Not ever involving ourselves with anything is not the answer. Let’s keep our eyes and ears open to what is going on in the congregation. Make life-long friends who will help you get to heaven. Tap into this great resource known as the church, and it will change your life. In 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 it says, “For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” Together, we will do great things through Him who strengthens us. Make those connections. What are you waiting for? “Plug it in, plug it in!”
~ Chris Melton