A couple of weeks ago, I was doing some work on my model train layout, wiring up track signals. Any directions I had as to how to make that work that came with the signals or the switch motors were sufficiently vague as to leave me needing to do some guesswork. And guesswork doesn’t always end well…but this one was okay – it just took a while.
I had assumed (and we all know what that does…) that I simply needed to wire the signal to the internal electrical switches inside the motor that powers the track switch. After all, I thought, there is power running to the motor, so it must give power to the internal switches, right? I tried this, and found no lights in my signals. Oops.
As it turned out, the signals needed to be wired separately to the power source in order to work. I thought they were connected to a power source, but they weren’t!
Too many people think they are connected to THE Power Source, especially if they do good deeds or engage in religious acts or show up for Christmas eve services. But those folks are just fooling themselves. Connecting my signals to the power bus on my train layout involved taking wires from the signals and attaching them to the power bus – creating a relationship between the signals and the power. When we want to connect with THE Power Source, we need to create a relationship.
Fortunately, God has paved the way for us to do this in his Son Jesus Christ. That’s the true gift of Christmas, that God sent his only Son into the world, in human form, to be the conduit for us to gain a relationship with God – the only way to experience eternal life. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14.6, NIV).
Believe it or not, though, there’s more! When we connect with God through Jesus, there’s an even deeper source of power that is given to us, called the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “…the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14.26, NIV). The power that comes with the Holy Spirit is the icing on the cake, the bow on the box, the bonus that most of us, frankly, do without – and that’s our loss.
We can’t celebrate Christmas without being Trinitarian. The Father sends the Son, and together they send the Holy Spirit. What an awesome gift! What an awesome power source! Have you tapped in?