Do you ever walk around your house looking for something that you know you have – you just don’t know where you put it? Surely, I’m not the only one! This morning I started looking for the plug to charge my Kindle. Now, I found a phone charger, my Apple watch charger, and a “who knows?” charger that I’m sure I would need IF I threw it away. Then, finally – I found the charger that I needed.
This got me thinking about how we often get side-tracked with the wrong charger. What does it mean to get “charged up?” Merriam-Webster defines it as “to load or fill to capacity.” What are you getting filled with? Some people are looking to education to “show them the way.” They spend years studying man’s ideas which can lead them astray. In other words, “They get too big for their britches!” Some folks look to their profession – it comes first in their lives. They do whatever it takes to “get ahead.” They work for the extra pocket change, even when it means that they are missing worship services to do it. Do you know people who try to get “charged up” with pleasure? I mean there is nothing wrong with ballgames, hunting season, or going to the river – but will that charge last?
I believe that attending worship services with my church family is what it takes to charge my battery. There is nothing like blending you voice with others in praise to God. I love hearing one of the elders pray for our congregation. Sharing the quiet time when the communion is being passed and knowing that everyone else is thinking about the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord is so powerful. Even putting money in the collection plate can “charge you up” because you know that the more you give, the more you will receive. Can we ever study the Bible too much? The Hebrews writer described God’s word as “quick (living), and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner (able to judge) of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) The Word will show what is in our hearts – it shows what “charges” us. It can make the proud – humble. It can make the obstinate – meek and obedient. It can show you what or how God wants you to live here on this earth, so that heaven will be your eternal home.
In John 1:14 we read that Jesus is the Word. May we be like Peter, who when Jesus asked, “Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the Words of eternal life.'” (John 7:68) I pray that you will open God’s Word and get “charged up!” God Bless, Courtney