You have a flashlight.  Oh, you don’t?  Well, now you do.  Just open it up and look inside.  It will tell you exactly what kind of batteries you need to make it work.  Go ahead, look in there.  See it?  Oh, well it’s in there, I promise.  It probably says “Two C Batteries.”  Now put those C batteries under the hood of your car.  If you don’t want to do that then you can just believe me when I tell you it won’t crank.  Why?  Wrong batteries, genius.  In order for objects to operate properly you must have the appropriate power source.  Can you see where this is headed yet?  Good.

In order for you to operate properly as you were created to you must be supplied with the right power source.  Without proper fulfillment you are useless.  So, what’s the right power source?  Some of you might be thinking, “As long as I’ve got my two cups of coffee and cream cheese bagel in the morning I’m set!”  Well, that might work for a while.  But, what I’m talking about isn’t limited to physical energy alone.  Just like your flashlight, you’re created with an empty space where you can put whatever “batteries” you choose.  The world has so many different types of batteries it’s really difficult to choose which ones to use.  Batteries range from the socially acceptable “necessities” like your job, food, education, significant other and the like to more frowned-upon vices like pornography, sex, chat rooms, drugs, alcohol, smoking etc.  Now, whether these things are sin or not is irrelevant.

I say it doesn’t matter because you require one power source and only one.  If you can read this much then you’re smart enough to know I’m talking about our beloved Father.  “But what’s wrong with those other things?  God created things like marriage and food for us!  There can’t be anything wrong with that!”  (See, I can read your thoughts and that’s what you said.)  Things like marriage and food are wonderful and God did create them.  What makes them inappropriate batteries for your life is that just like your C batteries that power your potentially nonexistent flashlight, they run out of juice.  If you seek fulfillment in your significant other above God, it won’t last.  If you seek fulfillment in getting promoted in your job or by getting straight A’s in school above seeking your Father, you’ll die.  Maybe not physically, but you will definitely be left empty and confused.  “I did everything right.  What could’ve gone wrong?”  Some of you have already had these thoughts.  Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about.

What may surprise you is that when you use God as your primary battery, as you should, it runs out of juice too.  “WHOA! Stop right there! What?!”  Before you crucify me for heresy, hear me out.  Those of you who have gone to a youth camp or really good church service you probably know what it feels like to get that spiritual high and be recharged in your spirit.  You feel full and happy and you just want to run a marathon because He is so real and so good!  But what happens after a few days or weeks?  You don’t feel it anymore.  What happened?  You need to recharge your batteries.  God is the only power source that will never die as long as you consistently spend time in His presence and soak yourself in His word.  I call it recharging.  Through Him alone will you find an eternal power source.

I’m finding this to be true more and more every day as I constantly trudge along with dying batteries telling myself the whole way that, “They’ll do for now.”  Many of you don’t realize that your batteries are already dead and I hate to tell you but they’re not going to recharge.  You’re living life, doing what you believe to be best for yourself while continuing to die everyday.  How long will you keep it up?  How long until you fall over dead and you can’t get back up by yourself?

It’s by no means easy, but without Him it’s death.  Without sitting in His presence and talking to Him and reading His word and getting to know Him and love Him… you will die.  So what batteries do you choose?  I want to choose Him every time.  I want Him to fill my empty space with His love.  His love in my heart is like a lit fireplace on a cold Christmas morning.  Throw some wood on the fire and let Him fulfill you.  He promises to be found when we diligently seek.

Luke 11:9-10

9“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  10For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.”