Imagine an appliance. It has a cord at the end of which is a plug designed for connection to an energized receptacle. However, it’s UNplugged. It can be seen and handled. But, from the perspective of purpose, the gadget is LIFE-LESS! It merely exists. It falls short (Romans 3:23) of that for which it was invented. Everything changes when the cord is plugged in. Energized, the device fulfills its purpose. The conclusion is simple: connection means power for purpose whereas separation signifies a lifeless existence.
Adam and Eve pulled the plug from God. From thence the natural condition of humankind is one of separation from the Creator. It is your sins that separate you from your God. (Isaiah 59:2) King Solomon described the result: Everything is meaningless, completely meaningless! (Ecclesiastes 1:2) The Rolling Stones put it in an earthy manner, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction!”
“God gave us eternal [living at 100% satisfaction] life; this life is in His Son.” (1 John 5:11) Provided by the Maker, Jesus is the source of power uniquely generated for humankind. “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never become hungry….” (John 6:35) “God invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on gasoline. It would not run properly on anything else. God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn.” (Mere Christianity, p 50 / C. S. Lewis)
“So, whoever has the Son has life….” (1 John 5:12) “Jesus said to the fishermen, ‘Come, follow ME!’ At once, they left and went with Him.” (Matthew 4:19) “When we are called to follow Jesus, we are summoned to an exclusive attachment to His person” (Cost of Discipleship, p 49 / Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
“Jesus came into the created universe, bringing with him new life. Everyone who gets it gets it by personal contact with Him” (Mere Christianity, p 221 / C. S. Lewis)
Getting connected to others via phone, computer, car, train, or plane is costly. Attachment to your Maker is free of charge! Just get connected to Jesus. But wait! There’s more. You’ll also receive the Life Guidance System without charge! It’s an offer you can’t refuse!
God has given us eternal life, and this life has its source in his Son Whoever has the Son has eternal life; whoever does not have the Son does not possess eternal life. 1 John 5:11-12