Maintaining Your Equipment
How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him
I have an old truck that I don’t drive much. Recently, it had probably sat off to the side of the house for a few months without me giving it any attention. The truck runs great. It has all the parts it needs to run: aired up tires, engine, transmission, body in good condition. A few days ago I went to start it up because I needed to pull down part of a tree that had fallen but was still stuck up in the air. I knocked off the spider webs, hopped in, and turned the key. Nothing happened. It had been deprived of its powersource for too long. It wasn’t until I hooked it up with some cables to my wife’s car, let it run for a good few hours, and drove it a bit, that it began to work like I needed.
We have talked about the importance of resources and equipment. Any job we go to tackle, any endeavour we take on, we have to be equipped with the right tools. At the very root of all the tools we may need to be successful, as kingdom men, is our need for a relationship with God. We need this to be equipped to face any challenge we come across. But a good piece of equipment isn’t any good unless we maintain it and keep going.
The truck had everything it needed to do the work. But it was deprived of the very first and most important thing it needed to get going and get something done.
Our relationship with God is no different. We can have all the right tools in the world, everything in great condition, but if we don’t maintain that relationship, we can quickly become unable to execute the work that God has for us to do. We can lose that connection. We as kingdom men are imperfect beings. We need concrete connections in our lives to maintain our relationship with God. We need our batteries charged and cycled often. Just like I used another vehicle to charge mine so it could connect to the powersource, we must connect with people and other elements around us to stay connected.
I want to simply supply a robust list of things we can do in order to stay connected and maintain ourselves to be fit to serve God:
-Prioritize God in your schedule-make time to spend time in his word. Set an alarm to wake up early or to break away from your lunch routine.
-Join a church or small group.
-Journal the things God tasks, teaches, and surprises you with.
-Find an accountability partner, any person you can connect with and learn from spiritually.
-Pray: alone, with your spouse, or family.
-Weekly meetings with a colleague or friend, get into scripture, discuss challenges and lessons.
Reflect on what actions you are taking to maintain your connection to Christ. Is it being maintained, or has it been sitting off to the side for a while?