I work part-time driving for Lyft and Uber. It is a simple job of driving around town and basically being a friendly taxi driver. I was a little skeptical of it at first, but I enjoy meeting new people and hearing some interesting things. The job is simple in that you get a request to pick someone up, you drive to their location, pick them up and drop them off wherever they need to go.
I use Google Maps as my navigation system and it works great, most of time. I got a request a few weeks ago, I accepted the request and Google Maps opened up and it said I was about two minutes away from my destination. Now I was in downtown on Saturday night so the two minutes took about five minutes. I arrive at my destination and nobody was on the street. It was a little side street and there was a little coffee shop but it was closed. I was confused and to be honest a little nervous since even the street was dark. I drove down to the end of the street underneath a streetlight and called the customer. The customer was in a totally different spot of downtown. I put in the address and it said I was five minutes away from the location, which took about twenty minutes with all the traffic. I eventually got to the customer and they were nice about the whole situation. I even got a nice tip from them.
I was thinking about what went wrong with Google Maps. What I figure is that the connection was messed up due to the tall buildings of downtown and the large increase of cell activity at that time downtown. I had gotten mixed signals. I had trusted in a GPS to lead me the right direction and it failed.
You’re probably wondering why I told this story. I got to thinking about the Christian life and how as a Christian we should always want to be in the center of God’s will. The problem is a lot of Christians know where they should be but they aren’t there, they are in the wrong location. You may go to church and look good on the outside but it is what is on the inside that counts. If we aren’t reading our Bible, praying, being a soul winner, and doing the things that we know we should do, then we will never be in the center of God’s will. These are things that strengthen our connectivity to God. If we fail in one of these areas, then are signal with God isn’t as string as it should be.
Many Christians have good intentions of having a good connectivity with God, but sometimes they get their signals mixed up and lose the connectivity with God that they should have. Here are the two things I believe that will help us have a good connectivity with God.
- Reading your Bible – “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8 When we read and meditate on the Word of God, God says that our way will be prosperous and successful. When we neglect His Word, we will lose that connectivity and get out of His way for us and struggle in our life.
- Praying – “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6 This is one of my favorite verse on prayer. It tells us to pray about everything and ask God to help us. When we are constantly talking to God, we will have a strong connectivity on our way in the Christian life. Without prayer, we will end up getting lost in this world because we stopped communicating with the one Who can guide us.
Google Maps needs a strong signal and good connection for it to be functioning at its best. A Christian needs the Word of God and prayer so that they are functioning at their best in the Christian life.
We know that tall buildings and increased cell activity in a condensed are will weaken a cell signal. Here are a couple things that will weaken a Christian’s connectivity with God, besides a lack of Bible reading and prayer.
- Negativity will interfere with your spiritual connectivity. In my opinion there are two types of negativity: first the negativity where you are always down and have nothing to be happy about and secondly the kind where you talk bad and try to bring others down around you. I know that we all go thorough times of sorrow and sadness, we all have bad times and rough times; but God still wants us to be joyful, to be positive. Don’t surround yourselves with people who are negative all the time and don’t be one who is negative.
- Inactivity will interfere with your spiritual connectivity. As a Christian we should be active doing the things and work of God. If we are inactive, we definitely do not have a good connectivity with God. We see through out the book of Proverbs of how the lazy and slothful man is destroyed and set to the side. This happened because he wasn’t doing anything for anyone. God needs and wants His children to be active serving and worshipping Him. Inactive Christians will get put to the side so that someone can be used that wants to be active in His service.
A Christian can be set to the side if we lose our connectivity with God. Make sure to stay in His Word and in constant communication (prayer) with Him daily. Strive to have a strong signal with God and make sure you do your part not to lose connection with God.
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