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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.”—Ephesians 6:24 (NKJV)
Sometimes you just need to reset! You know that’s true if you own a smartphone or tablet, don’t you? Through the course of daily use, things eventually stop working the way they’re supposed to. When that happens, there’s no substitute for holding down those home buttons and allowing the device to reset itself. And after a few second of recalibration, things are back to the way they’re supposed to be.
That’s also true when it comes to our spiritual life. As we get into the groove of daily living, our relationship with God can get a bit “buggy.” We lose touch with certain foundational truths. What was once a blessing becomes burdensome, delight turns to duty, and we find that our faith just isn’t working the way we know it should.
When all this happens, our Christianity needs a reset; and Paul gives us one here in Ephesians 6:24, as he reminds us that our faith is founded in our love for Jesus. Christ, Himself, wanted to make sure His disciples knew this, as well. In His waning moments with them, He specifically tells them that His Father loved them, because they loved Him and believed that He’d come from above: “For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God” (John 16:27 NKJV).
An awful lot lay ahead for these men. Their faith in Christ would endure the fires of persecution and they would be tested in ways they—and we—couldn’t even imagine. Yet they would persevere and play a pivotal role in initiating the greatest movement the world has ever known. Not because they loved a code of ethics or a system of doctrine . . . but because they loved Jesus.
Sure, things weren’t always perfect. There were missteps and misunderstandings along the way; focus became blurred. But the resetting truth would always be there to remind and restore them to that place of love.
God wants to use our lives, as well. To be sure, we’ll lose our focus and footing just as the disciples did. But as we remember what drew us to follow Christ to begin with, it acts as a righteous reset. Our priorities get realigned, our motives become purified, and our relationship with the Lord returns to working the way it’s supposed to.
DIG: What is the “righteous reset” in the Christian life? Why is this so critical?
DISCOVER: How might you need to hit the reset button?
DISPLAY: Do a systems check on your life today. Is your faith working out in your life the way it should? Is your relationship with Christ fruitful at the moment? If not, spend time in prayer asking the Lord to help you hit the reset button.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.