“Gotta ya! Four across!” It’s the familiar line from the commercial for the Milton Bradley game that spawned a generation to connect. The goal: to join together four checker-size discs. The strategy: to prevent a connection.
As a child, I found this game amusing. This strategic tic-tac-toe board taught me to prevent my opponent from breaking my connection. As I grew older, that message carried over in a rather subtle way. Those firmly fixed on participating in illicit activities found no use for my firm stance in serving God. I noticed a great divide in other ways. Cheaters, potty mouths, bigots, racists or abusers steered far from the religious, the righteous and even the reasonable. But in all of life’s subtle forms, the world lost sight of the goal of Godly connection. When God sent His Son, His sacrifice connected us all. He came to seek and to save the lost, the least, the last, the lonely, the losers, the liars, the lovable and yes, the loathsome (Luke 19:10, NIV). He gave us all the chance to connect even when we tried everything we could to prevent that from happening.
Yet some of us work hard at avoiding a connection with Him.
If you’re connected, what’s your next move? Stay connected to God’s Word, to God’s plans and to God’s voice. Let Him direct your steps as He directs the steps of others disconnected from His good plan. His strategy: to change the lives of the disconnected using the connected. We join Him in those efforts by extending love without judgment. By practicing grace under pressure and the truth without compromise, an opposed life feels the draw to something greater than themselves.
God wants to connect more of His creation to Himself. Will you join Him in His strategic plan of salvation?