1 Thessalonians 1:4-10 (NIV)
4 For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
I am blessed to be living in the city with reliable power supply on a daily basis. There is a need for electricity for all of the appliances and there is a strong dependence on power to sustain us as we use it to cook, shower, do the laundry and for entertainment. The last major blackout was back in the winter when there was an ice-storm and caused power outage for a couple of days. As the temperature rises, we will be depending on fans and the air conditioner to improve our comfort.
The Gospel of Jesus comes to us with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. When somebody’s life is impacted by the word of God and the Holy Spirit, it’s almost like a power-on switch has been activated on that individual and their life starts to change from the inside-out. Electricity is a tool that is used to power devices that also keeps food from going bad. I also see the word of God as sustaining. In Isaiah 50:4, it says ‘to know the word that sustains the weary’. Time to power on with God’s word.