Have you heard this phrase before? That person is really “plugged in” to the group. That mom seems “plugged in” with her kids. That guy is truly “plugged in” to the football game. What does this mean?
It appears to express a desire for connection, fellowship, and participation. We choose to be “plugged in” to the activities that are most important to us. A skilled musician is focused on practicing his or her music. A committed athlete uses all his or her concentration to stay in the game. Good parents make sure they spend buckets of quality time with their children. Could we say that a faithful Christian is “plugged in” to the church, into God, and the purposes of Christ?
If you plug in an appliance, what happens? You complete an electrical connection, a circuit. You allow the device to draw power from a more powerful generator. When the power goes out at your home or workplace, are you frustrated? Why? You “need” that energy to accomplish daily tasks. Heaven forbid our cell phones lose power and we miss an “important” blog post right?
Let’s think about what Jesus says in John 15:4, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” At the end of verse five he says, “… for apart from me you can do nothing.” Why can’t we do anything without abiding in Christ? He is the power source. He is the generator of the energy we need. Our lives will not bear fruit unless we are “plugged in” to him.
Where is a good place to “plug in” and recharge your energy for Christian service (1 Corinthians 12:27). How about a church service or fellowship activity with Christian peers (Hebrews 10:24-25)? You know that is just a starting place (Romans 12:9-10). Plug into the Word of God and prayer. Don’t let the battery drain too low before you connect with God.