August 28, 2015 in Church News
A smart phone or an iPad can be a marvelous tool. But it is completely worthless once the battery runs out of juice. This is why outlets and power cords have become such an important part of our society. If the little battery indicator starts to show low power and you don’t have your charging cable or you aren’t near an outlet, it can be cause for a full-scale panic attack. Oh no! My phone is going to die! This can’t be!
Maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration. But as aware as you may be of your electronic devices’ charge these days, are you just as aware of your spiritual charge? This is something far more important than a smart phone we’re talking about. When your spiritual charge starts to run low, bad things happen. You are more susceptible to the devil’s lies. You are more prone to worry or be anxious about the future. You are less likely to treat those around you with Christ-like love. You are more likely to be pessimistic and angry. Doesn’t sound like any fun, does it?
This is why it is so important that we spend the right amount of time “plugged into” the power source of God’s Word to give us enough spiritual energy to make it through each day. As Paul writes in 2 Corinthians: “Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” The only way that inner renewal happens is when the Spirit works in our hearts through the Word of God. This is why time in the Word is so precious. We need daily renewal in God’s grace. And in his goodness, this is what the Lord provides us through his Gospel.
So maybe it is time to check your spiritual power meter and see how you are doing. Do you need to plug in for a while? Go grab your Bible. Read it and meditate on its meaning. Apply it to the situations you are facing in life right now, which are draining your energy. And then go back and face those situations renewed and strengthened by the Spirit.