A few days ago, when I woke up, I discovered that my iPhone hadn’t been plugged in overnight like it usually is. Instead of seeing that beautiful 100% on the top right corner of my phone, I saw the dreaded red battery icon, with a 4% battery life. Ugh.
To make matters worse, I had inadvertently slept in that morning. I had only about 20 minutes to charge it while I quickly showered and rushed out the door to a meeting. I think it was at around 22% when I left.
“But I’ll be OK, I’ll just use my car charger”, I thought.
Wrong. Somehow, at that perfectly worst time, the car charger stopped working. Ugh again.
By the time I got out of that longer-than-expected morning meeting, my phone was dead, and I missed several calls and texts that were semi-important. Thank God I didn’t miss anything major, but I easily could have. All because my phone wasn’t plugged in.
Brothers and sisters, the same is true for us. Not being connected to God is like walking around with a 4% battery, just hoping that you’ll make it. But, just like my car-charger breaking, and my meeting going long, and me sleeping late, circumstances in our lives have a funny way of piling up on us at the worst possible times, causing us to break down, and it comes out in anger, succumbing to temptation, and all sorts of other ugly stuff.
Staying plugged into God is everything: Bible reading, prayer, silence, worship - all the things we do to stay connected to God on a daily basis are vitally important!
Jesus puts it like this: “Live in me, and I will live in you. A branch cannot produce any fruit by itself. It has to stay attached to the vine. In the same way, you cannot produce fruit unless you live in me.”John 15:4
Jesus says that being spiritually connected is like being attached to a vine. You’re not going to have any fruitfulness or productivity in your life if you’re out there on your own, wandering around with a 4% battery. You’ve got to stay connected.
In plants, a disconnected branch can’t bear fruit. Not only do you lack support and start to wither and die, but you also don’t have any productivity in your life if you’re not spiritually connected.
What kind of fruit will you produce when you are connected to God?
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”Galatians 5:22-23
The fruit of the Spirit is the evidence that you are spiritually connected. If you're not seeing yourself grow in these things, guess what? It might mean that your phone hasn’t been charged in awhile.
Prioritize your time with God. Cherish it, even if it’s for a short duration in your day. Stay plugged in: it’s worth it!