Many of us were in public worship celebrations yesterday. We felt the presence of God. We freely praised him, confessed our sins to him, and readily listened to his Word. In his abundant grace, God always responds by revealing himself more. He draws us closer to him. We experience his love, power and wisdom. We echo the words of Marty Nystrom‘s song:
Times of refreshing here in Your presence. No greater blessing than being with You. My soul is restored. My mind is renewed. There’s no greater joy, Lord, than being with you.
We’re ready for the new week. Ready to shine brightly for Jesus. Ready to love everyone. Ready to obey God’s Word. But what happens when Friday comes? We grow tired. We become distracted. Our minds are no longer focused on God. We no longer feel his presence. We feel no power from within to resist temptation. We’re ready for another time of refreshing. We look forward to Sunday worship in order to recharge.
That is why I say that we are like glow sticks. We shine so brightly after basking in the presence of God for two hours. But our radiance is short-lived. We act like temporary light sources.
This is not what Jesus expects of his disciples. He said.
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me” (John 15:4 NLT).
The word “remain” means “to continue along the course of.” Therefore, to remain in Christ means to continue living in the presence of Christ. This is a daily commitment.
- We are to fix our gaze on Christ everyday.
- We are to worship him everyday.
- We are to talk with him everyday.
- We are to read his Word everyday.
- We are to obey his Word everyday.
Sunday worship celebrations are not the only times of refreshing. Jesus could do that for us every day of the week. His only requirement is that we devote ourselves to worship, to praying, and to reading his Word–everyday.
Lord, I don’t want to simply be like a glow stick that shines for you very briefly. I want to be like a light bulb that shines brightly and continuously because I am connected to you–a power Source that will never fail.