I don’t remember the last time my phone died. I don’t remember the last time my phone was off period. It is continually on, running in the background, ready for use, and mostly reliable (AT&T service is awful in North Alabama). It doesn’t take much to keep the phone endlessly running. I just plug it in.
I have five chargers in my house, two in the vehicles, and one at work all for two phones. I haven’t yet upgraded to the on-the-go portable charges, but I can see the time drawing near. When I say all this out loud it seems like a bit much for such a small device. I want to always be prepared to plug-in, so the power never goes out. It’s not a tedious task, but it is a consistent one. I wish we were all as consistent with keeping our spiritual power on as we are with cell phones. Never-ending power all from being plugged-in. This can happen if we are willing to do just a few things.
- We must desire and be willing to be plugged-in. In 1 Samuel 17 we see a young shepherd boy named David who wanted to be plugged-in. David was God-fearing, and he desired to be used no matter how great the task. The Bible refers to David as a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22). We learn from reading the rest of the account that David went on to defeat the giant Goliath. No one else wanted to be plugged-in. No one else believed in the power of God. David did, and because of that the Israelites prevailed that day. If we would all desire to be a little more like David things would be better off. I hope God can one day say of me, “Todd is a man after my own heart.” This will never happen if I have no desire and willingness to be plugged-in to Him no matter how great the task is! Our willingness should stretch us beyond our comfort zones. But don’t worry God is with us and after all our service should glorify Him, not man.
- We must be plugged in to the right charger. Several months back while driving from Tennessee to Michigan I realized I left my phone charger at home. I stopped at a gas station to pick up a cheap charger. The cashier sold me one and then proceeded to tell me how the cheap knock-off chargers can and will damage your phone while charging. The power will get there for a little while but eventually the phone’s battery will become infected and the phone will die…forever. I don’t know how true this is (I never used the charger. I went to Target and bought a certified iPhone charger) but I do appreciate the analogy this has to our spiritual lives. Jesus reminds us of this fact in Matthew 15:10-20. In short Jesus says that what defiles a man are the evil things that come from the heart. We understand that you will get out of something what you put into it. If we decide to plug-in to things of this world we will be charged with things of this world. This power may sustain for a little while, but eventually the infection will take place in our hearts and corrupted we will die…forever. Fortunately, God gives us opportunity to unplug from the world and be plugged in to Him. Now is when that opportunity. Don’t wait. When we do this, we will live a life full of truth, honor, justness, purity, lovely, and commendable which is praiseworthy to God (Philippians 4:8). Get certified by being plugged-in to the power of God and His church. Oh and by the way the price has already been paid by the free-flowing blood of Jesus Christ. What a Savior!
- Finally, we must plug-in with intentions to never be unplugged ever again. Romans 12:2 commands us to be transformed by the renewal of mind and to no longer be conformed to the world. We have example after example of New Testament Christians being baptized and immediately going off to work for the Lord. They were fully convicted, fully committed, and fully plugged-in. It’s not enough to fill up to 20% and then run the low battery option for prolonged life (iPhone users will understand). We must be charged fully and stay that way. How? “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:14-16). Don’t just read the Bible and pray but study the Word and intentionally talk with God. Don’t just strive to know the Book, but long to know the Author. Live better today than you did yesterday.
Being plugged-in is so much more than filling a pew 1,2, or even 3 times a week. I am glad you’re there but be willing to do more. We need to be plugged-in to God, to His church, to His people, to His Word, to His forgiveness, grace, and mercy, and to His Son. We do this through our conviction, commitment, and service. Scrolling through Facebook recently I saw a picture (of which I take no credit for) acronymizing the word fear. It said F.E.A.R has two meanings – Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. What a powerful message. The choice is yours. Will we face our fears, regrets, hesitations, and discomforts to desire and be willing to be plugged-in? Will we accept the calling of faith and plug-in to the truth, to God the Father? Will we intentionally plug-in for life? If so, God will charge you, change you, and do mighty works with you. Be continually on, ready for use, and reliable. God’s power is free, ever-flowing, and always available. Plug-in!