Staying plugged into our power source
John 15:5 (NIV)
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you,
you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Do you ever feel so drained that you don’t think you can go on one more day?
You think, “Jesus said he came to give life and give it more abundantly but I feel like I am barely making it.”
It might be because you’re disconnected from the power source.
I was about to start writing this morning and as soon as I opened my laptop it gave me a message letting me know that my battery was critically low. Which meant it had been working unplugged from the power outlet for a long time. Long enough to drain the battery.
Our Christian life is no different—we have a power source we need to stay plugged into.
We were never meant to do it in our own strength. But as independent self-sufficient people, that’s what we want to do. We’ll say things like “I’ve got this” or “I don’t need any help.” And then we work at it until we’re burned out.
But Jesus knows we can’t do it apart from Him. we need to be plugged into the source of life. And the example Jesus gives is a tree and its branches. If you’ve ever cut a limb off of a tree you know that soo after the limb just dries up. It doesn’t keep growing and it doesn’t produce anything—it eventually dies.
You can try but it will eventually catch up with you.
Staying plugged in
Recognize when you’re not
The first step to staying plugged in is recognizing when you’re not.
Some signs that you’re not plugged is yes that you feel drained and burned out. But you can also feel anxious and overwhelmed because of the load you are carrying.
To be plugged in means that you are not only spending time with Jesus but that you are giving Him everything.
Think back to the example He gave about that tree.
The branches don’t spend all day worrying about getting nutrients from the ground. No, they just simply depend on the root system to do it for them.
In the same way, when you are plugged in with Jesus you simply depend on Him for everything that you need to sustain you.
In order to be plugged in, you need to be intentional about making time.
You can’t just chance it that you will spend time with God.
Set a time of the day when you are at your best. When do you focus best and when is your mind at its peak.
Find a time when you will not be distracted and can spend at least thirty minutes to an hour with God.
I know, in such a fast-paced culture it’s hard to do that sometimes but that’s why I said you will need to be intentional.