My family and I are movie buffs…we love to watch movies! Because of our fondness for movies, we like to play “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” also known as “The Kevin Bacon Game.” The game operates on the idea that Kevin Bacon has worked with so many people in the movies that you can connect any actor to him in 6 degrees of separation or less. For examples, Richard Gere has 1 degree of separation. He was in “Pretty Woman” with Julia Roberts (1 degree). Julia Roberts was in “Flatliners” with Kevin Bacon.
This is a really fun and challenging game to play when you’re driving on a long trip and looking for something to pass the time. It highlights the fact that we are all connected in some way or another and the degree of separation is growing smaller all the time. Have you ever stopped to think about the vast network of friends, relatives, neighbors, and acquaintances you have? Chances are good that someone from my network is connected to someone in your network, and probably in 6 degrees of separation or less!
As followers of Christ, we must recognize that our network is a gift from God. Our networks reflect the life path that God has taken us down in our personal discipleship journey. As with all of the other things that God has given to us as His children, He expects us to be good stewards of the network of relationships He has built for us. How can we be good stewards? Simple…make disciples. That’s what Jesus told us to do and why God has given us the relationships that we have. Here’s a practical way to reach the people in your network for Christ. Just “BLESS” them:
Be in prayer for them.
Listen to them.
Eat with them.
Share your story with them.
Use your relationship network to be a disciple maker for Jesus. The goal is that all would have a one-on-one relationship with Christ, that they would have 0 degrees of separation from the LORD.
“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen…”— Isaiah 43:10, ESV