Our house is being worked on. It is a century-old farmhouse and had been allowed to fall into disrepair prior to our buying it. So, the work will overhaul the plumbing, wiring, as well as correcting other issues that have developed over the last 100 years. We aren’t trying to make it into a modern house, we are striving to restore it to its original beauty.
One of the things about all the work is the electricity. While we have been able to use the plugs, run appliances, etc, the wiring is not up-to-date. Where the wires were once covered in cloth and threaded through porcelain tubes and around hubs, new wires are wrapped in a plastic cover with a grounding wire included inside.
While the old wiring style had its purposes, the new wiring gives a safer, steadier source of electricity. The more I think of the wiring, the more I see God’s wisdom in how He re-wires us when we accept Christ and grow in Him. We may be able to function at first as a new believer, but as we grow we need to have old viewpoints changed, old habits re-routed, we need to make sure the connections are secure. The only way to do so it to be re-wired.
When we are not connect to God, we risk losing the continuous power flow. As work has been done on our house, contractors have needed to use electric tools. One outlet kept dropping the power level. Sometimes it was 110 volts, sometimes it was as low as 40 volts. There was no consistency. But with God, we will always have the same amount of power, there is no fluctuation with God.
There are those who want to be connected to the True Source, but don’t want the discomfort of being re-wired, they want the result, but not the work. Just like our house has been able to function with the old wiring, when the ceilings are taken down to expose the joists, the danger is finally realized. Light fixtures, light switches have been faulty connections. The fixtures have not been attached correctly, putting everyone else in danger.
Just like the vine and the branches in John 15, we are to remain connected to the source. Plugged in, if you will, to the very thing that brings us life. That will restore us to grow the fruit we were created to bear (Galatians 5:22-23).
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
That is the kind of connection I want. What about you?