Man always talk about ‘contact’ loosely without taking into consideration its amazing power. ‘Contact’ in communication is defined as an establishment of communication with someone, observing or receiving of a significant signal from a person or object. A further definition of ‘contact’ in a relationship is a person or an instrument of communication serving as a go-between, messenger, connection, or source of special information. No matter how long the distance of a power source to a bulb, the moment a wire made a contact between the energy source and the bulb, bright light will burst out revealing the power of contact. We have heard of contact lens before. A pair of clean contact lens will make someone with blurry eyesight to see better. They say two good heads that are engaged in sincerity to deliberate and decide on an important issue are better than one. That is why wise leaders surround themselves with brilliant advisers. That is why the employers pool the resources of the various employee the organization has recruited from her abundant contacts of job seekers together, deploy their skills and professionalism, through teamwork to achieve profitable corporate goals. There is no way we can experience the power of contact until it is experimented.
Dr. Philip Emeagwali, a black inventor, popularly known as the Father of Internet, saw an inherent efficiency in the way bees construct and work with honeycomb and determined computers that emulate this process could be the most efficient and powerful. In 1989, emulating the bees’ honeycomb construction, Emeagwali used 65,000 processors to invent the world’s fastest computer, which performs computations at 3.1 billion calculations per second. [i]
Dr. Emeagwali smartly employed the strategy of close knitted connectivity of social insect’s honeycomb, and he connected 65000 different computer processors to create the world fastest super-computer that had metaphorized to become the famous “information superhighway” called internet in our day. This principle does not address connection alone, because in every connection, unity is established for an important purpose. It is when the strength of the unity in the contact we made is put to a purposeful use that we can reap its benefit. In every event in the life of humanity, we always encounter different people. Perhaps we can easily note that a loving contact between two strangers, between a man and woman, at a certain occasion metaphorized to become a solid relationship of marriage. We generally called it an ordained divine arrangement. The fruitful relationship in the marriage leads to the manifestation of an extended relationship between father, mother and children that we call family. The clusters of family becomes a community, and many communities becomes a state and many states metaphorized to become a powerful nation.
When we engage in the quest of finding a greener pasture in a far country, we find ourselves in the midst of strangers with different orientations, but possess abundance of talents, attributes and abilities living in different apartments of the same six-storey building. We called them our neighbors. Whether we are close neighbors or not, a contact had inadvertently created between the strangers. This contact is established to bless the group in the circle of the contact if the people can deploy the strength of the relationship to their own benefit in righteousness. The royal law found in the Scriptures says, “ … Love your neighbor as yourself.” (James 2:8 NLT)
In our days, we exchange telephone numbers and email address to create contact with people both for official and personal purposes. Social media like Facebook, Whatsapp, Telegram, Twitter etc had eased our contact creations activities. These social media companies capitalized on the effectiveness of the efficacy of various contacts to profit therein. Our contacts are the circle of friends that the vicissitude of life has created. Our contacts are the circle of our influence, and they are our free advertising audience. When a great celebration is about to take place in our family, we always reach out to our contacts—our circle of friends, our co-workers and our neighbors would come and celebrate with us. In most cases some will certainly come to fellowship with us. Out of these abundant circle of contacts we have, we always implicitly appoint our counsellors and advisers. We called them close friends. These are the people we do relate with and rely on for their candid advice concerning the issues of our family. One of the characteristics of social insects is that they do not work against each other. They always work positively in favor of each other and above all, for the purposeful goal of their colony. The contact we are a part of can become an instrument of blessing to the members in the group, if the objective of our relationship is righteously managed in the fear of God bearing in mind the laudable goal of the group.
The grace of God was extended to me to come across my two beloved brethren in the ocean of the love of God when I got my first job in Manhattan, New York. We found out that we have the same interest and desire to worship God. During our break period, we always gather at the back of the elevator in our office to pray. I remembered, one particular day, after our brief prayer at the usual place, I mentioned to the brethren the financial difficulties I was going through in my family. I told them that I am planning to look for a security job in the evening to supplement my income. I also mentioned that this would negatively impact my personal Bible Study program. On the same day, before we closed for the day, these brethren offered me an envelope that contained two hundred dollars. They passionately appealed to me that I should continue in studying the word of God. I graciously thanks them.
Then a thought emanated from my mind that I should dedicate half of the money to God. Along the line, I used the money to incorporate Christ Light Bearers ministry as a legal entity with the State government. Whatever this ministry is doing today originated from the circle of office fellowship contact that began at the back of an elevator. I humbly implore you to verify what God had done with the publication ministry by endeavoring to go through the various Christian literature books, Daily Devotional messages, Evangelism Tracts and other resources in the www.christlightbearers.org. This was the beginning of the marvelous way God guided us to deploy the resources of our little contact group to glorify the Living God. We studied the word of God together, prayed together and we grew spiritually in the wisdom of God. At a certain time before we left the employment, our office fellowship ministry grew to about forty people that gathered with us to worship God during break period. From this little group, pastors and ministers emerged among us that are still ministering in the vineyard of God. We did not deviate, we maintained focus on the Lord, and we are still worshiping the Living God.
Our Lord Jesus Christ inculcated the circle of His influence with Christlike characters and transformed the lives of the disciples, to reflect the glory of God. His contacts, the apostles, were His prayer point. “I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.” (John 17:9-11) He mobilized them and deployed the grace of the contacts He had made with them and empowered them to become the light of the world so as to evangelize the whole earth. “And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.” (Matthew 10:1) “After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.” (Luke 10:1)
The early apostles of Our Lord Jesus Christ did not have contact storage instrument called smart phone in their time. They all learn from the Master through the grace of God that He had imparted upon the circle of His friends. “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved (Acts 2:44, 46-47) Our spiritual leaders in our various churches have the contact address of the core members of the various departmental heads. Like the social insects, these leaders are expected to harness the grace of God they possess and deploy the resources of the contacts they had acquired to better manage the affairs of the church in a cohesive manner, in order that the kingdom of God may be populated.
When our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the Great Commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20), He is emphatically telling us to make use of the grace of the contact that He had permitted in the ocean of His love for us to populate the Kingdom of God through evangelism. Your neighbors, your family friends, your co-workers and other clusters of contacts that you have acquired on your phone and social media platform are your parish. The insurance brokers called their contacts the circle of their wealth because of the insurance policy deals they closed with their contacts. In your contact list, there are like-minded and positive people. Some of the people in your contact list have the heart of gold and ready to work in unity with you. “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3) Your contact is the instrument of your blessings. Your contacts are the circle of your blessings, and they are the people you are to reach out to bless on earth by telling them the good news of salvation. Make some your contact to become part of your prayer partner. Persuade them to participate in studying and sharing the knowledge of the word of God in the friendly setting and in distribution of evangelism tracts in the community. Invite them to the christian programs. You have nothing to lose by being a team player in this glorious effort. Certainly, you have everything to gain by deploying the grace that God had bestowed upon you to bless your contacts. Begin to use the grace of your contact this day and watch the manifestation of the divine increase that God had promised upon your endeavors for His glory.
Prayer: Merciful Father, there is no mistake about your purposes concerning the people that You have given me the grace to come across in the ocean of your love. Oh Lord, make me to be a blessing to the circle of my friends and the contacts that I had made. Let the light of your glory shine brightly in my relationship with them, that will lead them to establish a lasting relationship with you in Jesus name, Amen.