Through the blessings of the Lord, I happen to own an RV. It’s just a ten-year-old 24-footer with one slide out, but it’s all mine. And I love it. The funny thing is, it has three separate power sources. And when I first got it, that confused me a great deal. Let’s say I want to turn on the inside lights. Well, if the rig is attached to a power cord and it is plugged into an outside source, they will come on. Or, I can turn on the generator an, assuming there is enough gas in it, the lights will come on. Or, I can stay unplugged, keep the generator off and rely on the “house batteries” (at least for a little while).
But in all three cases, at some point, I have to “flip the switch” in order to have the necessary power to make the lights come on.
Our discussion Sunday about the work of the Holy Spirit made me think about the spiritual power at work in my own life. Now, I know that the Spirit is a PERSON, not an IT. I know that the third Person of the Trinity has a will and emotions and cares deeply for me.
But in order to sense His power in my life, I have to flip the proverbial switch. And theologically, that begins at our rebirth. We must be born again (John 3:16) and that birth is the moment when every believer receives the gifts and power from the Holy Spirit and are enabled to do His work.
Sunday, Chet made the case that since Christ did all His work through the power of the Spirit, (He prayed, taught, did miracles and defied the laws of nature “by the Spirit”) we too are to be empowered by the Holy Spirit.
And his great example was found in Romans 8:11-17 where we see the Spirit helping us “put to death the deeds of the flesh.” In other words, believers have the ability to “flip the switch” and walk in newness of life. When struggling with sin, we are enabled by the precious Spirit to cry out “Abba” and know that our Heavenly Father will come a-running.
Much of the work of sanctification/becoming more and more like Jesus is done by God’s Spirit. But we have a role to play. We have to engage. We have to participate and want to change. We have to “flip the switch.”
So, this week, let’s consider how to” keep the lights on” in our lives. Let’s all think carefully about all the opportunities we have to partner with Almighty God as we allow His Spirit to do His work. Flip the switch!
Sherry Worel is a Bible teacher at heart and lives a life of ministry. She’s been involved at Coast Hills teaching Women’s LIFE, Bible studies, online courses, devotionals, participating in Upstream conversations, and much more. Having a love for education, Sherry has over 50 years of teaching experience with schools, churches, and mission agencies. As well as earning her Master’s at Talbot Seminary, she rounded out her education with 35 years as Head of School at Stoneybrooke Christian School. Sherry is happiest with a book or fishing pole in hand.