September 22, 2014 by maryruwe
My first thought when I woke up the other day was electrolytes! Seemed a little weird and at first really puzzled me; why electrolytes? So again I begin my research by picking up the dictionary. Have you ever just read a dictionary? I’m not so sure that’s a book that most people think of picking up to just read randomly. However, I do remember my Dad doing that very thing. I remember coming into the living room and he would be sitting in “his chair” reading. Sometimes it was the newspaper, sometimes a dictionary, sometime a book from the encyclopedia set. So maybe, just maybe, I got my reading habits from him. If so, thank you Dad for that example; it has served me well. However I must tell you that when I was young I didn’t like to read. It was hard for me. But when I began to read the Bible, really read the Bible, daily, as a young adult, it was then that my reading improved. Now I love to read.
Well let’s get back to those electrolytes and how the definition relates to our walk with the Lord. The word electrolyte is defined as “a nonmetallic electric conductor in which current is carried by the movement of ions”. A conductor is one that conducts; the leader of a music ensemble; one that collects fares in a public conveyance; to conduct means to manage, direct, or guide. We are to be conductors for the Lord; conducting our lives according to His Word in such a way that we convey the love of God to others. We must be knowledgeable of God’s Word to be able to help direct and guide each other in living for God.
Now medically speaking, electrolytes are essential minerals in the body that are necessary for nerve and muscle function, to balance the body fluids, and operate correctly. The balance of electrolytes is constantly shifting due to fluctuating fluid levels in the body. We must replenish these fluids and electrolytes in order to prevent dehydration, a potentially life-threatening condition.
An ion is an electrically charged particle; an act or process, state, or condition (validation). BINGO the light bulb just went on! This is what I’m looking for, validation; it means “having a legal force (contract) founded on truth or fact; capable of being justified or defended; to make legally valid”. When we accept Jesus as our personal Savior we give Him the validation He needs, the right to operate in our lives; to help us grow and mature in the Word, to receive from Him all the blessings included the Salvation He gives us. It is a contract, a covenant, “signed by His Blood at Calvary”. He is the TRUTH by which we are justified before God.
Are you beginning to see the comparison between the natural electrolytes and the Power of God? First a couple of basics reminders; we are a spirit, we have a soul, and we live in a body. We feed our body with physical food to keep it strong and healthy. We feed our soul with right thinking to keep it healthy, and we must feed our spirit with the Word of God to keep it strong and health.
The Word of God works like a conductor that carries the Truth of the Word into our spirit with knowledge, wisdom and strength to live for our Lord. The “ion of the Word” is the power of the Holy Spirit. Just as the electrolytes fluctuate in our bodies as we exert energy, so does the power of God fluctuate in our spirit as we live for Him and minister to others. That’s why it is so important to feed daily on the Word of God to replace the Power of God that we have expended. Otherwise we will be spiritually dehydrated, lack zeal for Him, and lose our interest in the purpose and plans He has for us.
We need to “drink” in the Word of God by reading the Bible and praying each day to stay hydrated with the power of God.
Our body needs electrolytes to maintain the right balance of fluids to move nutrients throughout our body to nourish it. They produce chemical changes that result in changing our body to grow strong and to stay healthy. In much the same way our spirit needs the right balance of the Word of God to keep us strong and healthy in our walk with our Lord. (2 Corinthians 3:18, we are transformed from glory to glory by the spirit of the Lord).
Just as the ions move through the body by going from one part to another, validating its purpose for being there, so the Spirit of God moves through us from our spirit to our body and to our soul, validating His purpose for being in us. That purpose is to empower us to live for God. Our whole main purpose in life should be to bring glory to God, to be pleasing to Him and accomplishing His Will in our lives. We are His workmanship created for good works. (Ephesians 2:10, for we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.)
I challenge you to get before God and ask Him for the help you need to conduct your life in such a way that His Power will flow through you to change you into the very Image of His Dear Son. Go ahead, step out in faith and make the changes that are necessary to put and keep God first in your life each day, all day, and in every situation, and allow the Power of God to bring success and victories into your life.