Today I was thinking about power.
And electrical plugs.
There is one particular store that I have visited many times.
It has a aisle that is filled with lamps and lighting fixtures–and they are all turned on.
Each one connected to a power source that allows it to shine brightly up on the shelf.
It’s a beautiful area of the store, really, because the lights glow with life from the prettiest crystal chandelier to the outdoor patio lamps.
Whatever size or style, they are projecting light.
There is another store I have gone in more than once.
It also has an aisle that has lamps displayed.
I don’t think I have ever seen even one that was connected to an electrical source.
The lamps are placed neatly on the shelves, but none of them are producing any light.
There’s nothing wrong with them; they could do what they were intended to do, but without power, they can’t.
Both stores sell lamps.
The lamps in both stores have everything they need to light up when their power cord is plugged in.
Only one store’s lamps are shining brightly.
This is not just about lamps.
It’s about refrigerators, drills, microwaves, hair dryers, radios, fire alarms and clocks.
Doorbells, computers, air conditioners and washing machines.
Without being plugged in, they cannot function in the way they were intended.
Of what use is a silent radio?
An air conditioner that doesn’t cool?
A doorbell that cannot ring?
Each of us occupies a geographical location.
Are we showing the results of being connected to God and His power in the place where we are?
Galatians 5:22-23 tells us,
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."
When others walk down our "aisle" do they see the bright lights of love, joy and peace?
Do they notice the crystal flickering with the glow of goodness and faithfulness?
Are their eyes drawn to the warm light of gentleness and self-control?
If we are to be what we were intended by God to be, we must be connected to Him.
Is your light shining today?
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