These days it is not unusual for someone to ask “are you on Facebook?” It is through Facebook that people are finding old friends and staying in touch with new ones. As Jim and I connect and re-connect, we have found that a couple of his friends from the past are in some way connected with my friends of past years. The world just becomes smaller and smaller. Along with these connections, we see community within a community.
Not only are we a community within a community in Social Media but as Christians we are a community. In this community, we have the ultimate connection with others. Our connection is through our belief in Jesus Christ. Thus, the challenge is put before us to help others become connected and sometimes reconnected with God’s family. In Philemon 6 Paul reminds us how faith sharing is of great importance. “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” The more we share our faith the more we are making connections in God’s family.
My challenge before you is the next time you see someone not only ask if they are on Facebook but ask the simple question “do you belong to God’s family?” Then, if the answer is “no” or “I once was”, extend the invitation just as you would a “friend request” for them to become part of a greater community. There is no greater community to connect with as God’s community.