Old utility meters or new smart meters? Have you been updated to a smart meter yet for your electricity or gas? If you know the answer to this question you are probably the person who pays the bills in your household! For those who do not know what I am talking about, bear with me while I try to explain. For as long a I can remember wherever the electricity or gas entered your house you would find a device which measured how much you have used. These meters just gave a value, displayed on the front of it which told you how much had been used since the meter was installed. Someone would then come from the utilities company every three or six months to read the meter. This new figure had the previous reading deducted from it to show how much you had used and this information led to a brown envelope falling through your letterbox telling you how much you must pay. This system worked for many decades.
A few years ago we were asked by the utilities company if they could fit ‘smart’ meters. After a few visits two new meters were firmly attached to the wall in the garage. They looked more compact, more modern than the old ones. They had lots of lights which were flashing away on the front of them. They looked ‘smart’! I was told that they were in contact with the company’s computer and in turn to a little box I was given. This would show how much electricity you were using at the present moment and how much over each day or week, and of course for the gas too. This added information was supposed to give me greater insight into how much money I was spending, and give me more control over my use of energy.
However, about two years ago our meters stopped communicating with the utility company’s computer. For over six months we did not receive a bill, only estimated readings were used. We have supplied, when requested, manual readings, but things are still not right.
I guess you can anticipate what I am going to say next! As Christians it is the continuity in communication, throughout each day that is important in our Christian life. The source of our power, to live the life God has planned for us, is the power of the Holy Spirit to show God’s love to others. We should be in constant awareness of who we are as Children of God, and act accordingly, but we do not have to do it on our own. God will pour into us his love so that, in turn, we may love others.
Paul writing to the church at Ephesus says Ephesians 3: 14-21 (TPT) So I kneel humbly in awe before the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, the perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and on the earth. And I pray that he would unveil within you the unlimited riches of his glory and favour until supernatural strength floods your innermost being with his divine might and explosive power.
Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of his love will become the very source and root of your life.
Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!
Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energises you.
Now we offer up to God all the glorious praise that rises from every church in every generation through Jesus Christ—and all that will yet be manifest through time and eternity. Amen!
We must recognise two things to live a life of showing God’s love to others. We must firstly receive that love for ourselves and secondly be in constant communication with the Holy Spirit who enables us to share that love in the most effective way to bring praise and honour to Jesus. We will be humbled when we see God working in supernatural ways through us, and his Kingdom will be extended.