"Witness and Service: The Fruit of Revival" July 27, 2013
Matthew 28:19, 20; John 20:21; Acts 2; Acts 22:1-14; John 6:1-11; Acts 8:26-38
"Though they be but little, they are fierce." That's what people are saying about a powerful, new micro battery created by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The mechanical science and engineering team, led by William P. King, announced this spring that these new batteries out-power even the best super capacitors and will have a huge impact on radio communications and compact electronics.
"With so much power, the batteries could enable sensors or radio signals that broadcast 30 times farther, or devices 30 times smaller. The batteries are rechargeable and can charge 1,000 times faster than competing technologies - imagine juicing up a credit-card-thin phone in less than a second. In addition to consumer electronics, medical devices, lasers, sensors and other applications could see leaps forward in technology with such power sources available."1
This ultra-battery has the ability to store more condensed energy than any other battery ever made. Part of the secret behind creating these miniature power houses has to do with placing the material for making the battery under extremely high pressure. The squeezing process of the white crystals (xenon difluoride) used to make the batteries, equal a million earth atmospheres, changing the molecular structure which turned the mechanical energy into chemical energy to be stored.
Not only can these little batteries hold much more power over a longer period of time, they can also be re-charged 1,000 times faster.2 No need to wait hours for your laptop to fully charge. They are also 2,000 times more powerful with enough power that your cell phone could jumpstart your car. The tremendous potential on medical devices will benefit those who now lug a brick sized battery around. Of course, consumer electronics will probably not see these changes for several years.
The message in this week's Sabbath school lesson on revival and reformation could be summarized with the same idea: "Though they be but little, they are fierce." That's the result when the church receives the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2 exhibits what will be before Christ returns. The commission to witness to the world cannot happen without an inward experience that often comes through trial under pressure.
Jesus' disciples are a bit like micro-batteries. We are supercharged when, under immense compulsion we are pressed to follow the world or follow Christ. Then, through a personal experience with Jesus, through an intimate connection with Christ, our lives become a grace-filled testimony to a power that turns us from self-centered people, to those with a mission to serve the world.