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We need each other in the worst way. We were hardwired for connection. In this age of networks and super specialization, we have more connecting opportunities than ever before. Facebook and Linked In are power networking tools. But the body of Christ is sadly disconnected. Evangelists a…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
We need each other in the worst way. We were hardwired for connection.
In this age of networks and super specialization, we have more connecting opportunities than ever before. Facebook and Linked In are power networking tools.
But the body of Christ is sadly disconnected. Evangelists are disconnected from pastors, who are disconnected from prophets, etc. 
There’s something in me that loves to connect people to one another and to God’s dreams. Sometimes the connections seem to come together supernaturally.
 
Once I was getting off a plane from Hong Kong. I was exhausted and oblivious of my surroundings. I needed to connect with Jacques, who directed our school in Mexico. Unbeknown to me, he was going to be in Georgia for a day.
 
As Karen and I walked down the concourse toward baggage claim, she looked at me incredulously. 
 
“What are you looking at me that way for?” I asked.
 
“Do you realize that Jacques is walking along next to you and neither of you know it?” She responded.
 
Sure enough, to my left, there was Jacques walking next to me, as oblivious of me as I was of him. We laughed in shock, stopped, and gave each other a hug and then began to catch up with one another.
 
Multiple times like that on planes and in airports I’ve run into friends, old classmates, disciples, and associates. I figure God knows I need to connect with them and sets it up so I do so.
 
Maybe it shouldn’t have to be so random – we seem to live in a valley of disconnected dry bones. And perhaps most sadly of all, we’re disconnected from widows and orphans – the poor in spirit Jesus has blessed and built his true religion around.
I love to connect people to God’s widows and orphans. I love to find out a person’s dream and ask, “If you could talk to anyone who could help you get to your dream, who would it be?” Oftentimes I know someone who knows that person. We can usually get to them with just a phone call or two.
 
When I do that in front of a group of people, it can seem like some kind of a cheap magic trick. But I think it’s just God’s anointing at work.
 
Do you struggle to make connections or does it come naturally for you? Do you know someone who has this kind of networker anointing? Perhaps they can help you get closer to your dream if you ask them.

Comments (3)

  • Seth,
    I needed this message today in a profound way. This is what I wrote in my journal today:

    Father – If you were to ask me today what I would like from you as a gift I would want to hear you more clearly more often – and have the desire, power, and heart to love people – to allow you to love people through me.

    People – investing in me and I in them – me loving people. Stopping to talk to a man on the street who asked for money ( I gave him $20 because I sensed that is what you wanted).

    Dry bones be gone. 🙂

    Love you. Michael

  • Man, this happens to me quite often too. I mean, it’s not often that I find myself in Hong Kong but you get the point. For some reason, I’m wired like you are… to make connections and seem to be given that gift. Do I understand it? Not much but nonetheless, these things continue to happen! Best of all, it’s a joy to connect people and watch the Father at work!

  • we have lost our home, my is about to die for our ex-home.we need to regain it 30000$.would you like to help us to regain our home?best regards to you. darain from bangladesh.

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