Keep the Charge!

Keep the Charge!

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Nothing is more frustrating than a cell phone that will not keep its charge. As phones get older, the battery becomes more and more unable to maintain the power they once could. We all know the amazing feeling of that brand new phone and how it holds its charge forever. Not too long after, though, the phone is dead every couple of hours. What once was an innovative, advanced, top-of-the-line cell phone has now been rendered useless because of its battery. It does not matter how amazing the phone’s features are if it cannot keep its charge. The phone could have mesmerizing innovations, but if the battery is useless, those innovations become useless.

            ‘Charge’ is a powerful word if you think about it. However, based on the context, its meaning can vary. Webster’s Dictionary has five options to define this one simple word. The definition I think we all relate to best is routed in this technological world in which we live. We constantly have to charge things like phones, tablets, computers, watches, and even cars. However, that is not the only meaning of the word. Whenever “CHARGE!” is yelled on a battlefield, we know it is time to attack and advance. Fans give this battle cry in response to the organ music at baseball games to encourage their team to rally. Or perhaps we know ‘charge’ as a responsibility that has been placed on us. When we are ‘charged’ with a task, it is up to us to complete it despite the challenges.

            In 1 Kings 2, King David gives parting advice to Solomon, his son. He knows his time has come, and Solomon must become King over Israel. In verse 3, he says, “And keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn.” As the book of 1 Kingsunfolds, we see how difficult it was for Solomon to keep the charge. Much of the book of Ecclesiastes describes his pain, suffering, and challenges that arose from not maintaining the CHARGE.

            The Bible is filled with examples of those who did not keep the charge. King Saul was the first anointed of the Lord to rule over God’s chosen people but would end up losing his mind in insanity (1 Samuel 9; 1 Samuel 31). Judas was one of twelve men the Son of God chose to accompany Him in the ministry that defined the salvation of humanity. Instead, he went from one of the greatest allies of the Lord to the greatest betrayers of all time (Matthew 10:1-22; Luke 22:48). Demas was one of Paul’s trusted companions in the mission field but would ultimately forsake him for the world (Colossians 4:14; Philemon 1:24; 2 Timothy 4:10).Every time we see someone faltering in the Scriptures like this, it is because somehow or the other, they did not keep the charge.

Life is difficult. There are struggles, trials, adversities, and challenges that arise in our lives. While these difficulties can deplete OUR charge, they do absolutely nothing to HIS charge. Our spiritual battery may lose its energy, but the responsibility God has delivered to us never changes; ultimately, we must continue to charge forward regardless. We can only keep the charge if we are plugged into the Energy Source. Unfortunately, so many Christians live their lives unplugged from the only sources of Life we have: God’s Word, prayer, fellowship with brothers and sisters, and worship. Why?

The charge God has given us is humbling… to charge the enemy’s forces is daunting… and to keep our battery charged is challenging. I imagine there is nothing more frustrating for God than a Christian who cannot keep the charge. He has done everything in His unlimited power to sustain us; all we have to do is plug in. Just like a cell phone becomes useless if it cannot keep its charge, a Christian becomes useless if we cannot keep the charge. Last week, our congregation had an amazing Charge Weekend. It was an immense blessing to come together and receive the charge for the coming year. May the Lord help us as we attempt to keep our batteries charged, remember the Lord’s charge, and continue to charge forward against our enemy in battle! CHARRRGGGEEE!!!

A charge to keep I have, a God to glorify, a never dying soul to save, and fit it for the sky. To serve the present age, my calling to fulfill; O may it all my pow’rs engage to do my Master’s will.” (A Charge to Keep I Have, Charles Wesley, 1762)

-Ben Hogan, Minister of Evangelism

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