A couple of days at the beach with a college friend – what a great way to spend a few days together! I could hardly wait. We hadn’t seen each other for more than an hour’s visit in decades. Not really being able to afford a few days completely away, I packed my computer, along with a few books. It wasn’t til I was unpacking that I realized I forgot the power cord for my computer. After the six hours of battery life were spent, the indicator flashed
“less than 15 minutes of battery life. Connect to a power source or insert new battery.”
As I dashed off the last email possible, the computer started to hibernate. I looked at the dark screen and realized my plans for a lengthy work session were over.
- How often do I leave home without being plugged in to the Holy Spirit? without being re-charged for the day? Am I plugged in, or operating on my own strength?
- Terry, one of my team-mates, recently wrote about warning signs of depleted strength. What are mine? What are my indicators that say “15 minutes of battery remaining”?
- How long could I go before realizing that I was operating in my own strength?
Following Christ is not something that can be accomplished in my own energy or efforts, just as a branch cannot bear fruit apart from being connected to the tree (vine). His description is more organic:
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
My remaining in Jesus is a condition necessary for fruit-bearing, for light-shining, for being salty. To have His power available for the realities of each day and not be plugged in to Jesus seems kind of like forgetting the power cord for a computer. Fresh power for each new day, for each moment, is what He is offering, and what I need every moment to really live in the power of His Spirit.
It was a good reminder of a very practical truth. What reminds you of your need for His power each day?