America experienced unprecedented economic growth in the years following World War II. Yet this increase in material resources did not translate into human flourishing. In those same years, there was an explosion of mental illness, particularly among young people. In response, the Commission on Children at Risk conducted a study. It published its finding in 2003, suggesting that children are biologically hardwired for connection with other people and with the transcendent, that is, with God.
Scripture teaches that from the very first, humans have rejected God’s sovereignty. We usually crown ourselves in his place. The result is a primary disconnect between God and mankind and secondary disconnects with self, others and the world. To expand the metaphor, fallen humanity is off the divine grid, left to try to power its own flourishing.
The risen Lord Jesus is the pioneer of salvation (Heb 2:10, Heb 12:1-2). By his faithfulness, even unto death, he sufficiently and uniquely did what was necessary to reconnect fallen humans with a holy God. God’s wrath is absorbed, human sin is forgiven and reconciliation is made possible. When we, by faith, accept this gracious gift, then we are back on line. We have been reconnected with God and we now have access to divine resources to enable us to flourish in our relationships with self, others and the world.
Just as our homes are on the electrical grid, but that power must be intentionally accessed, so in our spiritual lives, although God’s power is available, we must decided to avail ourselves of it.
What are you doing to plug into God’s grid so that you can flourish?