Ephesians 4:16 (NKJV)
Connections are important. Without the right connections, you can have some big problems. We have machines that would not function if they were not connected to the proper power source. We have pipes that transport water, gas, and oil that would be unable to do so if the connection was broken at some point. Our bodies are filled with connections; our nervous system, our blood supply, and the different parts of our body must be properly connected or we could die. It is vital to have the right connections for things to continue to operate the way that they should.
God created us to have relationships and connections with other people. God Himself said it was not good for man to be alone. We need to make the right connections with the right people. There are people we need to be connected to for us to help them, and there are people we need to be connected to so that they can help us. We cannot help someone, and they cannot help us, if we are not connected to them in some way. The right connections will help us and build us up, while the wrong connections will hinder us in our relationship with God and in fulfilling His will for our lives.
Ephesians 4:16 says that every part of the body has something to give to help the whole body. But, if some part of the body is disconnected how can it give the supply that it has? This is what we see so often in the body of Christ, the Church. Too many believers are disconnected, or if they are connected they are not involved anywhere so they are not giving their supply. Every one of us is an important part of the body of Christ and we need to give our supply to the other parts. As we all do our part the body of Christ will grow, but it can only grow if the right connections are maintained.