“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” - Ephesians 3:14-19
Thought for the day:
I have two portable cellphone chargers that I use in emergencies when my cellphone battery is running low and an electrical outlet is not available. Though I don’t need them often, it is comforting to know that I have “backup” energy when my phone needs it the most to remain connected.
Well, I needed it and it functioned wonderfully! Later that night, I plugged it in to recharge and when I came back to it in the morning, it still wasn’t charged. I made sure that I had plugged the charger completely into the outlet; I checked the cord to make sure wasn’t frayed or damaged; I even checked the outlet to make sure that it was working properly. I couldn’t find anything wrong. The charger should have charged! Upon closer inspection, I realized was using the wrong the connector cord. The connector fit into the charger but it didn’t match and so there was no electrical exchange and thus no “charging” took place. Shortly after I began using the proper connector cord, the charger was once again ready to “back me up!”
We all come across times in this crazy world when our faith resolve seems to be “running low.” Hopefully, it doesn’t happen often because we are intentional about staying “plugged in” to body of Christ. Nevertheless, when life gets away from us and we get away from God, is our “backup” ready to recharge us?
There are a lot of ways in which we appear to be engaged and connected with God. However, God gave us the community of faith, the church. When we engage and connect with God through the body of Christ, through worship, fellowship & accountability groups, scriptural study opportunities, service options and such, we can be sure that we are “recharging” our “backup” for those times when we are at risk of losing our connection to Christ.
Heavenly Father, help me connect or reconnect to the body of Christ so I might guard against those days in which I find myself stymied by a “low energy” faith. Amen.