In South Africa we experience a phenomenon called load shedding. In essence what that means is that Eskom, the national power company, shuts off power to various areas for a few hours at a time. This happens mainly because there is not enough electricity to meet the growing demand. Eskom then schedules rolling blackouts, called load-shedding, interrupting the power supply to communities and businesses during peak hours. What that means then, is those entities have to make a plan during the hours of no power, otherwise they sit in darkness and aren’t able to do anything productive.
It made me think about our lives as believers. Sometimes life brings more demands upon us than we have the resources for. One thing after the other happens and it feels like we’ve been plunged into darkness; there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. Eventually you are simply worn out, exhausted, depleted and lacking in every way. It’s like a spiritual load shedding!
I think God uses those times to remind us that we don’t have what it takes without Him. He allows those dark times in our lives to get us to realise just how much we need His power. The Holy Spirit is our Power Source. However, when we allow the troubles, trials and tribulations of life to overwhelm us and we try to live life in our own strength, that’s when we have a load shedding moment. And it’s these moments that teach us of our deep need to stay connected with our Power Source.
To live and to serve the way God wants us to, we need to stay continually connected to the Power Source. If we don’t, we are plunged into darkness and that’s where the enemy operates most effectively. So how do we do this?
The bible says in Matthew 28:11, “Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The first thing to remember, if we are to stay connected to our Power Source, is to come to Jesus. Which means choosing every day to spend time with Him. It’s being intentional. It’s making that choice every day to be in His presence; otherwise we will lack power and eventually run on empty. That’s when we get weary and overloaded.
Secondly, find your place in the church and use your spiritual gifts. Spiritual gifts are given to us by the Holy Spirit and they are used to do and fulfil his will. 1 Cor 12:4,7 says, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” Spiritual gifts keep you plugged into the Power Source. If you unplug, you can’t operate in power you don’t have. And remember they are gifts. Gifts are meant to be given away and not kept for yourself. Spiritual gifts demonstrate the Holy Spirit’s power is living and active in you.
Thirdly, let the Holy Spirit change you from the inside out. It’s the Holy Spirit that makes us Christlike. Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” It’s about living a submitted and yielded life to the Spirit. It’s about dying to self and letting Christ live in us. Which means we need to intentionally choose to deal with self and embrace becoming more like Him every day. This is not something we can do in our own strength. We can only pay that price by staying connected to him. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit."
Let’s not run out of power and energy because we choose to do life by ourselves. It’s so much easier with Him. Stay plugged into your Power Source and keep drawing everything you need from Him. He has everything you need. His power will never run out, ever!