Check Your Connection - Part I

Have you ever moved or helped someone move?

I remember unpacking boxes after moving from our first home in San Francisco, USA to a new spot in the city. We had been in that previous apartment for about 6 months and now we found ourselves in a brand-new spot. We were excited. As I was going through all our stuff, I came across my older phone from Australia. That’s right, it was an iPhone 7 with an Aussie number! I tried to turn it on, but it was completely dead. So I grabbed the phone and put it on charge.

I checked it after an hour but still, it was completely dead – no life at all. It wasn’t until about 36 hours later I saw even a little bit of life on the phone before it FULLY CHARGED hours later. In all the busyness of moving, setting up a new home, day-to-day activities, and in being a parent and husband – I realized I had not taken time to recharge the battery of my phone.

Have you ever experienced this?

You see that little battery image on phone get lower and lower as you progress with your day and think, “I need to recharge”. Then, it dies. I think when it comes to our spiritual life this can happen all too easily. The world in which we live rotates at a fast pace, with so many options, demands, pressures, deadlines, activities happening all the time and yet, simultaneously, FOMO is very real. It is easy to lose the spark and to stay filled and overflowing with life and energy. Instead of staying charged, we can easily get depleted, discouraged or disillusioned because we forget our connection to the source of power and life.
Here is how to stay recharged

What example are you following? As you must deliberately choose to plug your phone into the charging cable and your phone charger into the wall, you must intentionally choose to plug into Jesus, His word, His Church ⛪️

W.W.J.D. (What Would Jesus Do?)
In scripture, we see Jesus regularly pull away to “recharge” with the Father. He would plug in, commune, pray, ponder often away from the busyness of life.

Luke 5:16 NIV
“But Jesus often (frequently) withdrew to lonely (quiet) places and prayed.”

W.W.M.D (What Would Mary or Martha do?)
These women teach us of the priority of sitting, dwelling, connecting with Jesus.

“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.””

I love how The Passion Translation puts it: 
The Lord answered her, “Martha, my beloved Martha. Why are you upset and troubled, pulled away by all these many distractions? Are they really that important? Mary has discovered the one thing most important by choosing to sit at my feet. She is undistracted, and I won’t take this privilege from her.”

Mary chose the ONE THING that was necessary. Sit at His feet, plugin, dwell. Where are God’s feet? Where He is. He is seated in Heaven and so are you. He is in His word. He is where the church is. His presence is found where worship happens. How can you intentionally choose to PLUG IN and stay connected this week? Maybe you haven’t been to His house or opened His word in a while? Maybe you haven’t joined that Connect Group or prayed with other believers, or started serving? If possible, be intentional and spend some time away from the noise of life this week.

Grace & Peace ✌ 

Brenden Brown
Hillsong San Francisco
Campus Pastor