Practically every job description written contains the phrase, “other duties as assigned.” Jobs on a farm are no different. Last week I took our van to the shop for some needed maintenance. I got in, turned on the ignition, and nothing … deader than a door nail. Perhaps I wasn’t holding my mouth right, so I tried again. Still nothing. Then I tried to use my phone … no power. About this time the only thing hotter than my temper was the Texas heat. Fortunately, I was able to find someone with jumper cables (who knew how to use them) so I could get to the auto shop. Once there, the mechanic politely confirmed the necessity of driving the van often to keep the battery charged.
This little episode reminded me of the importance of keeping our spiritual power source plugged in. It’s not just equipment that needs power … people need it, too. Some love to talk about their aches and pains, but others will never admit they are sick, while overlooking real health problems.
Believers are like that — we can be sick or dying spiritually. Busy doesn’t equate spiritual intimacy. We can be active in our church and life activities, but still lose our close relationship with Jesus. Just like you need a vehicle with a live battery to recharge your car battery, believers must be energized to remain strong. If a car with a live battery stands next to a car with a dead battery, nothing will happen unless and until there are jumper cables to connect them and allow the power to flow from one to another. We are the dead car and Jesus is our power source.
We are told in scripture to be watchful and recognize when something is seriously wrong. Jesus is telling us to abide in Him and not give up. Jesus is the best cure for a believer who has lost their energy.
Is your battery recharged?
Romans 15:13 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”