So many things sap our energy. Church business meetings drain me. Junk mail drains me (both the snail mail and email varieties). Crowds drain some people while they invigorate others. The lists of energy-suckers go on and on, but let’s not talk about that. Instead, let’s think about the things that charge your batteries.
Taking care of your body – eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep – can empower us. Challenging your mind through creativity and study is another essential part of well-being. Likewise, taking care of your soul is an incredibly vital part of good health, and the word of God can empower us!
The Apostle Paul writes a letter to his friend Philemon in the New Testament. Paul says, “I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ” (Philemon 6). The Greek word translated “effective” (ESV) is “energes” (ἐνεργὴς). Did you see the English word “energize”? The apostle tells Philemon that sharing your faith energizes your understanding “of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.” And there is more.
The Hebrew writer uses the same word in that oft-quoted passage: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). The English word “active” translates energes, the same word Paul used in Philemon; thus, the word of God can energize us too!
The point is, if your faith is running low on steam, follow these two suggestions. First, try sharing it with others. The Spirit will energize you, and if you are feeling spiritually empty, take up the Bible and read!
So, what empowers you?
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