Plugged In And Turned On
That is to say, plugged into God and turned on by Him.
The children of God have a vital life-giving spiritual connection with Him that unbelievers do not have. It is a little like an appliance that is plugged into an electrical outlet except of course, once we are plugged into God we can never become unplugged. The appliance operates only by the power that comes from the electrical outlet. Before the appliance was plugged in it had no power, no vital connection to the power. The appliance can be turned off and on. Sometimes it uses the power of the outlet and sometimes it does not. Before it was plugged in turning it on would accomplish nothing. We Christians are a little like that. Sometimes the power of God flows through us and sometimes we turn it off. Before we trust Christ His power cannot flow into us or through us.
1 John 5:20: And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
Ephesians 3:17: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
Here is how we turn the power on. Pray. Soak up the Word of God like a sponge. Meditate on it. Think about it. Obey it. Let it flow out of you. Let it affect your thoughts, the attitude of your heart and your actions.
Colossians 3:16: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Here is how we turn the power off. Don*t pray. Don*t read the Bible. Don*t meditate on it. Don*t think about it. Don*t obey it. Don*t let it change you or your actions.
One of the appliances that can be plugged in is a lamp. Jesus said that He is the light of the world. He said that He provides His light to men that follow Him. Beyond that, He said that the men that follow Him are the light of the world. When we are plugged into Him we ought to glow in ways that go far beyond mere physical light.
John 8:12: Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Matthew 5:14: Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Luke 11:33: No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
If you are plugged into a relationship with Christ . . . turn it on!
I don*t think I will be irreverent if I compare The Holy Spirit with a power cord. The Holy Spirit lives in all of us who have trusted Christ. He is the connection to God through which the power of Christ can flow into us and through us.
Romans 8:9: But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
John 7:38-39: He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
Acts 1:8: But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Ye shall receive power, and Ye shall be witnesses are absolute statements. They are absolute promises from God. They are things we cannot stop. They are things we cannot prevent. It is a little like being carried away by an overwhelming flood. We can swim along with the flood or we can fight it. We can sometimes choose to be a willing witness or an unwilling witness. We can choose to be a good witness or a bad witness. We can choose to use the power or not to use the power.
An umbilical cord is another earthly illustration that in some ways mirrors our relationship with the Lord. When a baby is born they cut the umbilical cord. The life-giving connection from the mother to the child is broken and the baby*s life must be supported by other means. Even though the umbilical cord is cut there is normally a life-long emotional and spiritual connection between a mother and child. A mother never has an umbilical cord connecting her to other people*s children.
When one receives Christ a spiritual umbilical cord is newly connected. New spiritual life forces flow into and through the new believer. That spiritual umbilical cord is never cut. The connection is eternal.
Hebrews 13:5: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Just as a mother never has an umbilical cord connecting her to other people*s children God never has a spiritual life-giving connection with those who are not His children.
A unnamed Canadian researcher has said this:
When an infant is brought to its mother, a biochemical change actually takes place in the mother, causing her to bond with her baby. She is gripped by an overwhelming emotion as she embraces the child.
I believe that man*s comment can be rephrased in a way that accurately describes what happens when one receives Christ as Savior:
When one becomes a child of God, a biospiritual change actually takes place in his heart, causing Him to bond with God. He is gripped by an overwhelming emotion as he embraces his new God and his new Father.
Are we embracing Him or are we keeping Him at arm*s length?
Care to discuss Plugged In And Turned On with Ron?