A Spiritual Recharge
For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 2:15-16
I enjoy collecting and using tools. The power tools are the best. Milwaukee produces some terrifically useful power hand tools that require a Lithium battery with 18 volts of power. The M18 drill set I have has driven thousands and thousands of scres. I think one charge of the M18 battery will drive nearly 300 three inch screws. That is a good stat.
The M18 Sawsall also delivers great cutting power. With the right blade this saw cuts through wood, metal, and plastic of all dimensions. However, I need to change the batteries on the sawsall a lot more often than I do the drill. The cutting motion and energy requires for the saw is substantially more than the drill.
As Paul pens the above verses, he is writing to some Christians who were enduring great difficulty. Persecution, poor health, and other problems were tempting them to quit, give up, and stop following Jesus. Life is tough. Life is even tougher for the Christian who is visibly and vocally with Jesus in daily choices, words, and actions.
I like how Paul says” We faint not.” Christian -keep on keeping on for Jesus! But, it is not a simple as willing, or hoping to endure. We need spiritual renewal – daily. Like the M18 line of tools I have – we need recharged. We need recharged on a daily basis.
Depending on the material my tools are dealing with, the battery charge is affected. Some more and some less. Depending on what circumstances you are facing you too will become weary and tired, perhaps at a different pace than at other times.
No matter what you are going through, good or bad times, you need to be recharged daily. Here are some ideas to be recharged:
- Recharge with daily Bible reading. Christians who are truly walking with Jesus must be Bible readers. I know some who cannot read. They have the Bible read to them or get it on CD or MP3 to listen to. Read the Bible. Like bread charges the physical body, the Word of God charges your spiritual life. In Matthew 4:4, Jesus says, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
- Recharge by checking your spiritual terminals. The batteries will not charge if not properly connected to the charging station. If you are not properly connected to the Lord, if something is in between, or hindering a clear connection, you may come up spiritually depleted. The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 66:18, If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. If there is any sin in your life, confess it and repent of it. If you know something is not right, clean it up so the connection is good again!
- Recharge by internalizing the Bible. Just like the battery takes power (what to us is invisible) and stores it inside the battery pack, we need to take the Bible and internalize it into our heart and life. What I mean by this is your attitude. Many people know the Bible in their head, but they do not know the Bible in their heart. Some are arrogant, proud and mean spirited, but they can quote the Bible to you. Instead of that, choose to let the Bible change you. Humility is the mark of a person being recharged by the Lord. 1 Peter 3:4 teaches, But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. I want a meek and quite spirit. It is useful and attractive to the Lord. Instead of focusing on your dress or tie, the externals, the the Word impact your insides. There are too many people that “look good” on the outside, but are spiritual depleted on the inside. Have a good attitude. Choose to be happy. Choose to be content. Choose to rest in Jesus.
Praying, meeting with other Christians, Bible study, serving through the church, being involved, plugging in to specific ministries, and trusting God with your money, health, and decisions are all other good areas to consider. There could be several other areas to help a person recharge spiritually.
Care to share any further ideas for being spiritually recharged???
What are your thoughts???
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