As I was about to log in to write this post I started experiencing problems logging in. I sat there wondering what could be causing my log in failure as I was sure my password was correct. After several attempts I realized I had forgotten to connect to the internet. I had to laugh to myself as this was the very same topic I was logging in to post about – “Plugged in but not switched on.”
We all know that being plugged into an electrical socket to receive power for any device we would like to use is extremely important. However, if we fail to click the switch to allow electricity to reach that socket our attempts to get power to use our device would be futile. This is exactly what happened to me I failed to click the switch to the internet to receive power. This caused me at one point to start to question myself regarding the accuracy of my password although I fully well knew it was correct. This whole experience can be used to explain what happens to a lot of us at various times in our own experience as Christians.
As we go about our daily life we become burdened and busy with the cares of this life. We find ourselves having less and less time for God and so what we resort to doing is having quick personal devotions just to say we spent time with God or worst yet we neglect our daily personal devotions and wait until we go to church to get our spiritual fix. When we do these things we are plugged in but not switched on to the real source of our daily strength which is Jesus. Rushing through the Bible or saying a quick prayer before rushing through the door gives us no strength for the day that is before us and our relationship with God becomes sabotaged.
Imagine a relationship such as a husband and wife or a child and parent where no meaningful time is spent communicating and sharing quality time with each other. Before you know it that relationship starts to frizzle out no matter how strong it was. The individuals become distant from each other and before you know it they no longer know each other as they should. They start to wonder to themselves when did this happen, and how did it happen? All power or most of it has been lost from their relationship. They might have thought that buying the occasional gift here and there or attending the occasional game together meant being switched on but atlas they were only plugged in.
Our relationship with God is in some ways similar to the relationships we treasure on earth. It must be maintained and allowed to grow by a conscious willingness to put time and effort into it. If this is not done, God becomes like a stranger to us and where His presence should have been in our lives to give us the power we need to have victory over our enemy the devil, there is now a plug that has no power. What we soon find is that in essence what we have done is to replace God as being God of our lives with our cares and pursuit for this world’s goods as the “new god” of our lives. This is not good. To lose access to our power supply for existence is an epic disaster. God says in Matthew 13:22:
” 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.”
But there is good news. We do not have to become choked by the cares of this world. For it remains entirely in our hands if we want a relationship with God for he promises us:
8 The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
And in Romans 8:38-39 God promises us:
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, [a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So God will never leave us. It comes down to us if we are willing to give up being switched on to Him for the weak substitutes of this life that only allow us to be plugged in. We have no reason to allow this for God gives us two more promises that allow us to choose to be always switched on to His power despite the pressures of this world. They are:
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Let us all choose to be switched on to the one true power Jesus Christ!