New technology has had a defining impact upon our culture. There are more opportunities for communication, more avenues of connection, more possibilities for interaction than ever before, yet much of the current research says that young people growing up today feel more isolated or abandoned than ever before. In spite of these supposed opportunities to connect most young people sense a deep disconnection from adults and their peers, many young people confess to feeling like actors playing a part in a drama rather than being themselves. Fear is the driving factor here. Fear that by taking the risk of being themselves they will be rejected.
In Fusion this week we thought about the simple truth that God made us in His image and therefore we have a deep desire for relationship with Him and others. At the beginning of the Bible we read these words ‘it is not good for man to be alone’ Independence is the root of all sin, we selfishly choose our own way and reject God. His desire is for us to be dependent upon Him, to see Him as God and trust Him with our lives. He loves us for who we really are. Before we speak – He knows what we’re going to say, He knows our innermost thoughts and has numbered the hairs on our head. This is amazing but the most amazing thing is that even though He knows us better than anyone else, He still loves us more than anyone else. He’s not put off by our faults and weaknesses. We don’t need to pretend with Him.
That God loves us unconditionally should impact how we see one another (it should even impact how we see ourselves). Our relationship with God is one were we respond to Him in love because He first loved us. This love should be obvious in my life. God’s character is revealed through His people. My desire is that through Fusion more young people will leave behind lives of isolation and get connected to Jesus. That more young people will discover the love He has for them and experience the freedom of true relationship with others.
It’s not only O2 who believe we’re better connected – God does too!
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.