Thursday, July 23, 2009

Do You Have "It"?

Recently a guest preacher at our church spoke about the Gatorade slogan "Is it in you?". Gatorade was formulated for football players who were falling out in practices and games due to the loss of fluids. Even though the players were trying to hydrate with water, H2O just wasn't enough to keep them from keeling over. A team of researchers was assembled to find out the problem and come up with a remedy. Loss of sodium and potassium by the players due to their hard work and massive sweating was diagnosed as the problem. The cure for the problem was formulated in the drink known as Gatorade. Gatorade puts back into the players the vital nutrients they sweat out. This "miraculous" sports drink equips the player to stay in the game and play to their full potential. Thus the "it" in the slogan, "Is It in You?" refers to Gatorade.
On the ever popular television show "American Idol" beloved judge Simon Cowell tells the contestants whether they have the "it" factor or not. Is the "it" factor the ability to sing? No. Most of the contestants who land in the finals definitely can sing. The "it" factor is referring to something deep within that shines out. "It" is not good looks or talent. "It" seems to draw someone to a person, a charisma. One of Webster's definitions for charisma is "an extraordinary power given a Christian by the Holy Spirit for the good of the church." Hmm... the power of the Holy Spirit poured into for the sake of others. Gatorade poured into a player enables them to play in the game, to play to their fullest potential. The power of the Holy Spirit poured into a believer enables that person to live in this world with effect. Ephesians 5:18 refers to a continual filling of the Spirit of God to keep on living as Christ would have us. To continually be filled with this power, the "it" factor will ooze out as it is poured in. As "it" pours out of a believer others benefit. Others will desire to have the "it" factor too. Can a believer give "it" to another person? No. But a believer with "it" can be so contagious that others seek to find and to have the "it" factor too.
Do you have "it"? Are you oozing "it"? Are others drawn to the "it" in you?