I’m generally very diligent about monitoring the battery life on my cell phone. But in the last month, my battery died twice. The first time it died I thought something was wrong with my phone. Then it finally dawned on me the battery was dead. After I recharged the battery my phone was back in operation. The second time the battery died in a matter of weeks was a wakeup call. This instance made me keenly aware how my relationship with God had taken a hit over the last several months.
I allowed myself to become inundated with life. Because much of my time was consumed with ministry, I duped myself into believing it was okay, especially since I was doing God’s work. But God isn’t pleased when we get so caught up in work that we sacrifice valuable and necessary time with Him. Busyness ruled my life instead of being led by the Holy Spirit. For all the work I was doing, I felt like I was always spinning my wheels going nowhere. Something was missing.
Just as our cell phone needs to be connected to a power source on a regular basis to remain operational, the same principle applies to us. It is imperative that we make time to connect with God each day. John 15:5 says, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing.” When a branch is cut from a tree, it eventually withers away and dies. The limb must stay connected to the tree in order to survive and thrive. The same holds true for Christians. We stay connected with God and recharge our spiritual battery when we spend time praying, reading the Bible, studying the Bible and spending quiet time in His presence. These spiritual disciplines empower us in every area of our lives and enable us to overcome stress, stand in the face of adversity, bear God-ordained fruit and live a successful life. Like a recharged cell phone, we become fully operational, equipped to manage life more effectively.
I’m so thankful for the wakeup call God used to remind me to attend to my relationship with Him. He’s such a loving and gracious God. He amazes me the way He pursues relationship with us so relentlessly. He alone is the source of my strength.
It’s through Christ that we can do all things (Philippians 4:13). Commit to spend time with God every day. As a matter of fact, right now is an ideal time to connect and recharge!
Until next time¼Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson