Imagine for a moment that you were to go all day without electricity. At first, you might enjoy the peace and quiet without all the hum of those electronic devices in your home, as well as, appliances. However, I am fairly certain that within a short amount of time, you would be wishing you were able to use the microwave or update your status on facebook or even call your dear friend. We are only talking one day. Now, imagine what your life would be like if you only had access to electricity for one hour per week. I am certain you would treasure this valuable resource and try and charge up all the devices you possibly could to try and enjoy the power just a little longer. The same thing is true with the ultimate power source – God. Why is it that so many people feel like plugging into God on Sunday morning at church will last them all week? We need to come to the point that we are completely dependant upon His power, even more than the electricity in our home.
Many times, I have tried to tackle life’s obstacles on my own. I think that I am a strong, smart individual I should be able to work through this. You know what happens? I end up feeling tired, wore out, and physically and emotionally drained. Jesus speaks to these very things in Matthew, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you have to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace” (Matthew 11:28-29 MSG). These verses speak to us all at point or another. What in these verses specifically speak to you? Jesus is simply telling us that He is the source of our strength and power. We need to run to Him and get “plugged” into Him and He will take care of everything else.
Our focus needs to be a relationship with God and cultivating that relationship, so it grows. In order to accomplish this, we have to stay connected to our source of power – God. However, to truly get the most out of this power, we cannot have too many other things that we are connected to as well. This will ultimately drain our power. From time to time, we have to make cuts or prune back our life and return our focus to the true source of power. The two best ways to do this are through communication and confession. Communication is simply taking time out to speak with God everyday and to sit quietly, in turn, and listen to Him. Confession is simply taking our sin, laying it at His feet, asking forgiveness and then leaving it there. Do not pick it back up and continue to carry it with you. It will only drag you down. When you confess it, God forgets it and so should we. I challenge you to make certain that you are getting adequate amounts of power to make it through your day.
I encourage you to leave your thoughts and answers to the questions in the comment section below.
Questions to Consider:
1. What is keeping you from having God as your primary source of power? What can you do to change that today?
2. Journal about your current problems or frustrations. How do you think this time may be preparation for a more fruitful season in your life?
3. How are you doing in the areas of communication and confession? How would these areas change if you only had a month to live?