It would be hard to tune into a news report without hearing about a crisis in energy. Gas prices are rising every day. Because of the increases in oil and gas prices every trip to the grocery store cost more than the last time. Because there are so many products that are oil based prices are increasing on all kinds of things one wouldn’t immediately see as related to oil. Since products are all delivered by trucks, trains and planes the energy prices affect the price of everything else.
The energy crisis affects people around the world. But there are problems in energy in more ways than just with regard to gas and oil. Often I feel like there is an energy crisis in me. It isn’t that the price is too high. It is just that I lack the energy to do many of the things I would like to do. There seems to be confusion on every side when it comes to how to solve the energy crisis in the country and around the world. But I’m just as confused on the solution to a more personal energy crisis.
In spiritual realms there is an abundance of energy. Yet those who are followers of Christ and even churches that belong to him often seem like the energizer bunny after the batteries have run down. Think of some of the claims of God with regard to energy for the church. “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to all who believe, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16) The “Dynamo” or “Dynomite” is the gospel or good news of Jesus. In Ephesians 1:18-22 Paul was in deep prayer for the church that they might be enlighted to know “the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe according to the working of his mighty power which he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his own right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all principalities and powers in the heavens, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” Later in Ephesians 3:14-21 Paul again prayed for the church and asked some amazing things from God. At the conclusion, as if to tell us that God is able to do all that he had asked of him he said, “Now to him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we ask or even think, according to the power that works in us. Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus, throughout all ages, world without end.”
Power, energy from God is not only available, it is offered freely to any who will claim it based on the name and authority of Jesus. When physical energy wanes there may be all kinds of reasons for it. Likely there are some physical problems that underlie the loss. What is going on when a church loses power? Can a church have tired blood? Is there a spiritual geritol available?
Think about the energy crisis going on in this country. There isn’t a lack of oil. Natural gas is abundant. Oil and gas reserves inside the borders are abundant. Beyond that, energy of all kinds are available all around us. We may not know how to get the energy from the source as quickly or as cheaply as we want.
It seems to me that there is a parallel between the energy crisis in the world and that experience often by the church. In both cases the energy available is abundant. But often the energy that is available isn’t in the form we want it. A lot of the problem with oil and gas doesn’t have anything to do with its abundance, but that it isn’t what is politically correct today. In the same way the energy for the church is available in the gospel of Christ. But too often we want something new, different and something that depends more on us. We seem to long for power from personality, price and people. God gives power in the precious blood of Jesus, as a lamb without spot or blemish.
We serve a powerful God, a powerful Savior and a powerful message.