Early Sunday morning of last week I got in my truck to head to the church to prepare for our morning services, but when I turned the key, I received the sick sound of an engine trying to turn over when it doesn’t have enough battery power. Now, I had known for some time that I needed to replace that battery, but since the truck continued to start… I just kept procrastinating… and now, it was dead. That truck wasn’t going anywhere.
Fortunately, I was able to take my wife’s car and I was not overly inconvenienced. I mean, that bad battery could have stranded me at Menards or some other place less comfortable than my home’s driveway, and so I was at least grateful for the fortunate timing. And the repair is really quiet simple, just remove the old battery and install a new one — it’s a simple 5 minute job — and a necessary one. No car is going to start with a dead battery.
As I was pulling that dead, useless battery from my truck, I was reminded of the importance of keeping my spiritual batteries charged. Just like a vehicle will not run with a bad battery, it is important for me to keep my spiritual heart charged and connected with Jesus if I want to live an effective and glorifying life for Him.
What recharges your heart? Certainly personal and corporate worship come to mind. Spending time in prayer and in God’s word and allowing it to become active and living in our heart is important too. How about Christian community? Surrounding ourselves with other believers who have the same life-goals of exalting Jesus and living for Him can be so effective in recharging our spiritual batteries. A good book by a favorite Christian author… time away on a spiritual retreat or conference… even a Christian concert can infuse our spiritual heart.
Here’s the deal, develop a plan if you don’t have one. Spend some time thinking through the details of keeping your heart after Jesus charged and at full power. Because the reality is, while having a dead battery in a vehicle isn’t that big of deal when it comes to living our life… allowing our heart for Jesus to get cold and dead… is!