Charging My Spiritual Battery
Eph. 3:16-19: 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 saints, 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.
Isn’t it amazing how Jesus can continue to be so rich when He is always giving away all that He has? Could it be that this “power” He is giving away is part of the inheritance of the saints: a power that comes out of “His glorious riches”? I always wondered where the “power from heaven” would land in me. From this verse, I can see that it is in my “inner being”. When I grow weak in my inner being, I need to be strengthened from above: with strength that Paul calls “power”. It appears to me that my inner being must have some type of spiritual battery in it. Sometimes it is strong, and then at other times, it seems to run down and become very weak. Now, this is really interesting to me because I know that my spiritual battery needs charging on a regular basis. Let me use my cows to give an analogy of this spiritual truth.
I am a dairy farmer and the cows on my farm have a necklace around their necks. This necklace has a transponder attached to it. What is a transponder, you might ask? A transponder is a little plastic box that contains a microchip inside of it. This microchip contains the number of the cow on which it hangs, so that the computer can identify her as she enters the milking barn. High-tech cows, don’t you think?
This transponder contains a battery; a battery that is not accessible because it is covered in plastic for protection. The developers of this transponder needed a way to charge the battery without taking it out. Here is what they developed. When the cow enters the barn, the transponder sends a signal, which is a small electrical signal, to the reader antenna. When the antenna receives the signal, it then sends back a greater electrical signal to the transponder to acknowledge that the transponder signal has been received. The weaker receives a greater in return. The greater signal is from the antenna, so therefore, the battery in the transponder is always charged. The only way the battery in the transponder grows weak is when it neglects to be in contact with the antenna on a daily basis. The developers knew the transponder and the reader antenna had to be in relationship with each other, with signals transferring from one to the other.
In this same way, Christians are to keep their spiritual batteries charged. When I pray and send a spiritual signal which is weaker to God; God, in return, sends me a spiritual signal back which is greater than the one I sent to Him. High-tech Christians, don’t you think? The greater, God, is sending to the weaker, us, the divine strength that we need for this new day. If we neglect contact with this greater source, our batteries will grow weak. The weaker our batteries become, the more hopeless we feel, only to grow weaker each day.
Okay, so what shall we do? How can we have strong spiritual batteries? Just stay in touch with the Source. The only One who can charge your spiritual battery is the One who created it: our Lord. We must not neglect our daily relationship with our Lord, so that He can send us the spiritual power to charge our spiritual batteries. He has also provided us with a quick charge: one that He knew would be needed from time to time. I believe when believers gather together, a quick charge can take place. We see this in the verse for today.
Eph 3:17-18 And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints.
What an incredible power surge this is!
Well, perhaps a little more for another day.