"Energizer for Living"
May 28, 2006Email to a FriendPrint
I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
The poster read, “Energy is nothing more than a love of life.” This is especially true for us whose hope is in Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life. Energetic living hinges on drawing our strength and love from Him. Jesus offers the vitality and stamina to live in God’s service. Through His means of grace – Word and sacraments – He supplies each Christian with a readily available source of energy: His Spirit. When we live for Him who has redeemed us, we experience exhilaration and rejuvenation because the Spirit is lifting us above the way of the world with the divine breath of life.
An energy crisis results from working at tasks that He would not have us perform. Or relying on our own power when the job requires His. Either way blocks out the Holy Spirit, causing Him to ebb instead of flow in us. Both are red flags that warn us to return to His Word and an active prayer life.
The study of God’s Word, the remembrance of our Baptism, and frequent attendance at the Lord’s Supper – all accompanied by a fervent prayer life – keep life flowing in our spiritual veins and equip us for living with joy and enthusiasm. We too can do everything through Him who gives us strength.
PRAYER: O God, our Strength, provide energy equal to the tasks You have given us as we seek to do Your will; for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
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