As far back as I can remember in the history of cell phones I have always overcharged my phone. I use it so much for taking pictures or Googling random facts, that I don’t like to let it out of my sight long enough to charge until I’m ready to hit the hay. At the end of the day I plug it in, thinking, I won’t fall asleep before I unplug the phone, but inevitably I always doze off before it’s done charging. It’s a bad habit that ruins my phone battery and keeps me running on empty throughout the day, but it always happens.
One evening I was winding down for the day and went to plug in the phone, but the end of the cord that connects to the phone was fried. In my sleep a few nights before I had unplugged the phone and left the cord plugged into the wall. It had been like that for who knows how long, and it had finally gotten too hot and melted the outer shell of the plug. Fortunately this did not cause a fire, but from the appearances of it, it very well could have.
As I reflected on my foolish mistake, I realized that we neglect our spiritual lives just the same. We power up on Sundays, neglect God all week, and return the next Sunday ready to refuel. And just like I didn’t unplug the cord from the outlet, so God does not unplug from us. His Holy Spirit current is still flowing to us, but we are disengaged. We fail to receive His power because we’ve detached ourselves from the source. It is not that He ever denies us the Holy Spirit, in fact, it is still flowing at the same speed and same strength as it ever did. And like the cord that got so hot it melted, so we can feel the Holy Spirit tongues like fire (Acts 2:3) roaring in us, to the point of it spilling over, erupting from us. God uses that precious overflow to reach those around us that are yet to know His power.
Today and everyday, God invites us to reconnect, refuel, and allow His goodness to spill over in our lives if only we take the time to plug in.
Zealand Worship – Your Love is Wild (Official Video) Published on May 23, 2016
During the last five plus years I have lived in my apartment I have always experienced slow, unstable internet. I tried replacing my modem with little improvement. I even tried changing my plan from DSL to fiber optic internet, but no such luck. When I called my service provider their only suggestion was to upgrade again. Maybe a more expensive plan would speed things up. Then I remembered that the man who installed my fiber optic internet had given me his cell phone number and told me to call if I had any problems, so I called and he was willing to take a look.
When Dan arrived he ran a diagnostic test, and he found that the previous tenants had tapped the phone line to create a second line in the kitchen. This had caused an 85 percent loss of stability. All of this time I had no idea that it didn’t matter what I did to help improve the speed and dependability of my internet connection, it would always be unstable if the tap was there. Dan pulled the couch out and unscrewed the cover to the telephone jack. Underneath he found the extra wires that had been tapped into the main line. He held them up, saying he would remove them and throw them in the trash, like a surgeon removing a tumor. Afterward he put everything back, and we tried out the connection. First, I turned on Netflix. It ran fine and loaded quickly. Then I logged into Snapfish. Uploading photos was never so fast. Lastly, we played three YouTube videos simultaneously and looked at Google street view plus Netflix and Snapfish; not a single interruption.
Our lives are like that main phone line. When we stay in relationship with God we cannot be shaken. As my pastor explained yesterday, we are not controlled by our emotions and we know our identity and purpose. We also consider how our actions effect the big picture, including other people. But instability is inevitable when we let our burdens and emotions tap into our relationship with God. We make excuses, like “I’m too busy for God” or “God knows I love Him.” These are just symptoms of the bigger issue of being spiritually tapped, or what my pastor called “spiritual blindness.” Once we’ve diagnosed it, we can cut it out and throw it away so we have a stable connection to our Lord.
Feeling tapped? Pray about it, tell a trustworthy friend or pastor, and do your best to cut it out of your spiritual life. People say God is the great physician. I’m here to say, He’s a fantastic surgeon, and He can remove whatever is in the way of you being in relationship with Him.