Sunday Reflection: The Cost of Connection
To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.
We often think of the disciples in terms of their relationship to the Lord, but have you ever thought about the bond they shared with each other? Together they witnessed Jesus’s miracles, discussed His confusing parables, suffered through His death, and rejoiced at His resurrection. The intimacy among them could not be manufactured, nor could it be undone.
But the disciples’ friendship came at a cost—each man left his livelihood and familiar routine to follow Jesus for three years (Matt. 4:18-22). Joining Him was not only controversial and at times dangerous; it also required constant reevaluation of the things they once held as true (Matt. 5:21-45).
Though the disciples’ friendship was a byproduct of following Jesus, the depth of their connection came from their shared experiences. That’s why true friends are rare—such relationships require time, energy, resources, and most importantly, vulnerability. Superficial conversations leave us with superficial connections, but as Scripture promises, “The one who sows generously will also reap generously” (2 Cor. 9:6).
Think about it
- Are you satisfied with your current friendships? If not, what could you do to make them more meaningful?
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In Touch Daily Devotional 21 November 2021 By Dr. Charles Stanley. He is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta and founder of In Touch Ministries, both located in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Stanley’s heart’s desire is to get the gospel to “as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, as clearly as possible, as irresistibly as possible, through the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God