In many ways humans are receptacles. You might say we are containers. A receptacle is defined as one that receives and contains something. One type of receptacle is an electrical receptacle, which receives power from a source, and releases the electricity when a device is plugged into it. It is a container for power, if you will. A properly working receptacle will have what is needed when the opportunity presents itself. An audio jack will dispense sound when the connection is made. A lamp will come on when it is plugged in.
Have you ever gone to plug in a light only to find that the receptacle was not working? That’s fun. I’m not sure there is anything more useless than an electrical outlet that doesn’t have power. Really… what else can you do with it? Think about all of the things you cannot operate with a dead receptacle. I would imagine that God is just as frustrated when Christians don’t have the power we should. Beyond that, I think the world is a little disappointed when we don’t contain what we should contain. They should be able to plug into us and find light. We are after all the light of the world. We aren’t the source of the light. Jesus is that Light. But we are receptacles, containing the power of God. An electrical outlet doesn’t have just a trace of electricity. A working receptacle is full of electricity according to its rating, and can provide it as long as the power continues running to it. We don’t just have a trace of the power of God. He has designed us to produce as much as we need in a dark world as long as we are properly connected to Him.
Today people will try to plug into you for love, joy, peace, courage, faith, and other things they don’t have, but expect to be alive in you. As a believer, you are God’s outlet in this world. Don’t be a dead disappointment. Be alive. Be filled with God’s power for anyone who plugs into you today. The apostle Paul put it this way, “May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.” (Colossians 1:11-13) The apostle Peter also expressed this idea in a letter, “God’s divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” (2 Peter 1:3) That power isn’t just for the nice things everyone wants to hear. The prophet Micah declared, “As for me, however, I am filled with power by the Spirit of the Lord, with justice and courage, to proclaim to Jacob his rebellion and to Israel his sin.” (Micah 3:8)
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