Recently I have been having problems with my iPhone. It doesn’t seem to hold a charge and often when I use certain apps the phone will shut off and jump down from like 80 percent to 10 percent. It’s aggravating and really inconvenient. But when my phone stays plugged in it stays charged and doesn’t die, and the longer it is plugged in, the longer the charge will hold. This is almost exactly how our Christian walks are. For many of us, our perseverance in faith and how alive we are in Christ is dependent on how plugged into Christ we are.
It is very easy to become caught up in everyday life that we forget that we MUST stay plugged into God to keep a charge for Him in our lives. For myself, I have to find time in my day to seek after the goodness and the grace of Jesus and allow it to charge my life so that I can persevere in all circumstances of life. To make this practical I believe there are three ways that we can stay charged for who God is. These three ways are based on the verses in Philippians 4:4-7 that state:
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
As life hits you hard and often days are trying, find strength and power in just rejoicing in the good news that is Christ and salvation. I think it’s interesting here that Paul states this twice at the beginning of these verses. It’s quite obvious that Paul sees the power in the simple act of rejoicing and letting everyone know that our joy in everyday life is found in Christ. I would challenge you to ask yourself “Am I showing the joy of Christ to all people in my everyday life?”
2. Prayer and Thanksgiving
I think this is a pretty obvious one, but we must stay in constant communication with God so that we will be able to give thanks for all the good that God has gifted us with, along with requesting for supplication in the difficult times. Paul realizes that as times of anxiousness come and as we look to stay plugged into Christ we have to be in communication with God and seek to find understanding for our lives in the act of prayer.
3. Seek Peace
What are you seeking? No really, what is the one thing that you are seeking after more than anything else. Paul writes that as we rejoice in Christ and are in prayer that the peace of God will surpass all understanding. As we rejoice in Christ and as we go to Him in Prayer peace will come to us, but are you truly seeking the peace of God? Are you really wanting to let the peace of God be what gives you charge to life and give you perseverance? Seek Peace.
My challenge and Prayer to you is that you would Rejoice, Pray, and Seek. It is by doing this that you will find perseverance and understanding of how to stay fully charged to Christ and be plugged in at all times and in all seasons of life.