Plugged In

Read:  John 15:1-17

On a recent short trip to downtown Chicago our family got situated in our 18th floor hotel room before heading out into the city to explore.  Upon arriving in our room one of the first things we did was plug in our cell phones.  What I realized is how many places these rooms now have to plug in your phones and electronic devices.  There were outlets and USB ports everywhere.  My first thought was “why didn’t I invent an alarm clock with two outlets and two USB ports to sell to all the hotels around the world?”

Being plugged in is something we see everywhere these days.  From cars, to airports, to hotel rooms, the need for power is great.  I’m still confused as to why one of these companies can’t come up with a phone that will last up to 18 hours no matter how much you use it.  For some people carrying around a way to plug in is just as important as carrying around their wallet or purse.  Yes, our world is obsessive about being “plugged in.”

How important is it that you are plugged into God’s Word, God’s will, God’s people, and the ways of Jesus?  The bigger question is are you plugged into God’s Word, God’s will, God’s people, and the ways of Jesus?  John 15 is a wonderful reminder of how important it is to stay connected to the Lord in our daily lives.  Jesus says, “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.” (John 15:5)

As we begin a new year it would benefit all of us to think about how “plugged in” or “connected” we are to the things of God.  What if we became as obsessive about that as we are about keeping our devices charged up?  How might our situations be different and our attitudes more hopeful if our Jesus battery is fully charged each day?  When our phone battery get’s very low we get a message that tells us it is dangerously low.  We need that for our spiritual life as well!

Make it Personal:  Think of ways you can charge up your battery for Christ each day.  Daily devotions, times of prayer, joining a Bible Study group, listening to praise and worship music, serving others, caring for those in need, attending church each Sunday, attending Christian Education classes, talking with God…  the list could go on.  Start 2017 off by finding ways to stay spiritually “plugged in” throughout each day of this new year.

Happy New Year, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church