23 Nov Battery Life
If the thought of leaving this life for eternity with Jesus scares you, your security may be coming from the wrong source. I do not believe anyone in a healthy frame of mind desires death, but I also believe we should not be afraid of what follows physical death. We invest heavily into happiness in this life, and that can naturally lead us to holding on to this world too tight.
We live in a physical world. The tangible—five senses—world we live in is the dominant influencer on our behavior. We move with our bodies, and much of what we do serves the mechanics of the human body. We eat, sleep, and work. We serve a purpose to earn the money we need to buy food and a safe place to sleep. While we sleep, we recharge our bodies like an iPhone on a charging station. Our bodies’ battery life is back to 100%, and we are ready to be spent again on a new day.
Our choices have a great influence on how our energy is spent. With a limited amount of energy, the drain begins immediately upon waking. Life gets going very fast, but we have to think about how we are using our battery.
The Apostle Paul realized he had a limited number of days, and he made the most of them. When evaluating his own life, Paul said, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Paul was living for Jesus. He explains that his remaining days are about serving the Kingdom of God. Those days are about bringing glory to God, and when his journey is over and his battery life hits 0%, he joins Jesus in victory. How freeing that mindset must be…Paul did not get to that mindset easily, I’m sure, but once he did, it made his suffering manageable.
I want to be like that. One way to get to that place today is to think about how much of our time (and energy) serves this life and how much serves the next. Like…literally…write down where our hours go. It can be just like how our phones record screen time. If we learn how our waking hours are used, we can better prioritize them so they serve what we believe are most important. It may not be an easy conversation without ourselves or our families, but it is one that needs to be had if we are to serve eternity.
How is your battery life being used? Some things probably use that life at a faster rate than others, but we have to commit to using it for the right things. Our money and time have been given to us to serve God’s Kingdom. We should not hold on to it—hoarding it for later. No. Paul says we need to spend our battery life on Jesus, and whether we live or die, we are part of the kingdom.
Join us this Sunday as we look at the Enneagram Five: The Investigator. We are moving from scarcity to abundance and learning how to use what we have to reach others for Jesus. I hope see you in worship!
Blessings to you,