Saturday, September 6, 2008
None of us can turn on the TV or pick up a magazine without being bombarded with the message about living a "green" lifestyle. In our home, we have really tried to make some changes to help conserve our resources. We have increased the temperature setting on our thermostat. While waiting on the water to warm up prior to getting in our shower, we capture the water and use it to water our plants. We wait until the dishwasher is completely full before running it. We also run it on the "short wash" cycle and leave the heated drying cycle turned off. We wash clothes in cold water, rather than hot, and I hang almost all of my clothes up to dry. We use cloth napkins. I am probably the "Queen of Recycling" in my neighborhood. I recycle EVERYTHING!!!
With oil prices reaching all time highs and with refineries in the Gulf threatened by storms this hurricane season, what we have taken for granted most of our lives and thought was inexhaustible, has now become very limited. This is one of the big issues in the upcoming Presidential election in November. There is lots of talk right now about alternative energy sources, i.e. solar energy, wind turbines, nuclear energy, hybrid cars, natural gas, etc.
Have you noticed that the world tries to offer us many different "resources", too? Money, possessions, popularity, notoriety, position. But, these are all limited resources and ALL of these can disappear overnight.
I need to make a choice about what kind of energy will sustain me throughout my life. I have an unlimited source of power at my disposal --- I have God Himself, His Word and the Holy Spirit! But, do I always "tap into" that power? I know that there have been many times that I have run out of energy along the way in my Christian life. I have tried to "run my life" while I was basically flat on empty.
As we face a very pivotal election in our country in less than 60 days, I wonder does our country look like a people depending on God for the supply of energy that we need to meet our needs? What about in our marriages? Our homes?
We need to "fill up" with God's energy! God's energy NEVER runs out! If we know Christ, then God's energy lives in us by His Spirit!
David Jeremiah puts it this way,"Living on the basis of God's Word is like driving a car with the gas gauge that constantly registers FULL regardless of how far you drive." Isn't that what we would all love to have?
We are searching everywhere for various energy sources, but the truth is, there is only ONE source we need and it is an inexhaustible source! I need to be living my life on the basis of God's Word! I need to tap into His power!!
Ephesians 5:18 "But be ye filled with the Spirit."