Have you ever been ironing, only to realize that the wrinkles weren’t going away, then upon investigation you discover that the iron had become unplugged?
I’ve also had a laptop cut out on me in the middle of working only to notice that the cord had slipped ever so slightly out of the port.
I’ve even heard of people putting food in an oven to bake without ever turning it on.
These three scenarios evoke the same emotions: frustration and disappointment, maybe even a little anger.
But even more unnerving is the situation described in Matthew 7:22-23 (GNT):
When the Judgement Day comes, many will say to me ‘Lord, Lord! In your name we spoke God’s message, by your name…we performed many miracles!’ Then I will say to them, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me’…”
I have two takeaways from this scenario:
1. We can do all of the “works” we can think of, however they cannot substitute for a real relationship with Jesus.
2. Our motives for doing good deeds must be pure. If we are only doing them for others to see and compliment us, or because we feel it earns us “credit”, then we are doomed to disappointment.
It is downright scary to think that we could be so sure of our destination, only to find out that we are heading in the opposite direction.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t always take a hard yank to become disconnected.
A missed Bible study or two here, a couple of skipped prayers there, a few no-shows at church and before we know it, we’ve become unplugged.
All it takes is a slight turn in the wrong direction.
So I am challenging us.
Let us remember to check ourselves regularly to ensure that we are plugged in, plugged into The Source.
Because without Him, we are powerless!