When your battery’s low, recharge with God’s word | Worship

By Pastor Don Saul | Jul 05, 2017

Ever wake up in the morning and discover that your cell phone was only half plugged in!?

Now it’s either dead or at something like 2 percent, and you need that phone. That phone is your lifeline to the world. If only you had realized last night that power was not getting to it. Now what are you going to do?

From my many experiences of this frustration, I’ve concluded that whoever is in charge of lists needs to add “power” to the list of survival essentials – food, water, clothing, shelter and now, power.

Nowadays, it seems like everything needs power. Power, or energy, is needed to do any kind of work. Look up the physics definition of work, and you’ll find that it’s a transfer of energy that forces an object to move. That makes practical sense; moving a boulder from here to there is work.

Power, on the other hand, is the rate of work: how quickly work can be accomplished. That makes sense, too. Lots of power: quick work. Little power: slow work. No power: no work. A drill with a half-dead battery won’t drill that hole nearly as quickly as one with a full battery.

Apart from dead cell phones and dying drills, how about us? Do we need power? Of course we do. We use power or energy all day long, not just to motor around our daily life, but to do work, God’s work.

The Apostle Paul, in Ephesians 2:10, writes, “For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

What are those good works? Jesus Christ answers that question in Matthew 10:8: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”

It takes work to encourage those who are struggling; it takes energy to share God’s compassion and mercy. It takes work to show God’s love to the hurting. All of it drains your energy. Doing God’s work drains your power. The symptoms can be feelings of listlessness or general tiredness, having a sense of ineffectiveness or slowing down, or even a feeling of apathy.

But the Bible says never to tire of doing what is good. So, we need to figure out how to recharge ourselves, how to restore our power. The Bible says, “David found strength in the Lord his God” (1 Samuel 30:6).

How can we recharge? Well, what do we do when our phone dies? We plug it in. Our power source is huge. When we get low on power, it can be hard to recognize how low on power we are, or even how much power is available to us. How can we connect to that power source? Ask. Find your strength in the Lord.

The verses in Exodus 4:21, Luke 10:19, Acts 1:8, and Acts 4:33 – check them out – all testify to this promise. God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit will lavish power on you to encourage, bless and love others. That’s the work of the ministry.

Develop your relationship with God by studying and praying, and then get out there and practice. The energy, the time, the strength you give to others will be compounded back to you from God.

Want your battery to always be at 100 percent? Stay connected to your power source.

 

Don Saul is the senior pastor of Jericho Bridge Church. The non-denominational church meets at Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave. in Mukilteo. For more information, visit www.jerichobridge.org.

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