Recalibrate…Good Times! C’mon!
January is a common month for us to make resolutions toward change. We often search ourselves to determine priorities for change, and many of these resolutions seek to change the outside of us by what we do: eat better, exercise more, spend less money, help more people, go to church more. While I do believe that these resolutions can help us work toward positive change, what is critical is the right motivation behind the resolution: Specifically, WHO is working on our insides, and are we seeking His guidance for what happens next?
The Holy Spirit lives in every Christian and is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ, gives us the gift of saving faith in Jesus, and provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.
The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. But, do I? Do you?
When we set out to recalibrate our lives and make resolutions toward change, why do we choose what we do? Do we look to our friends to see what is popular? Do we look to our earthly leaders to see what they would choose for us? Do we bend to our idols?
Praise our all-knowing Father of all goodness, for making Himself readily available to us as Christians, but even more freely as Americans. We have open, 24/7 access to prayer, freedom to study the Bible and worship together, and many opportunities for fellowship and encouragement when our circumstances leave us feeling wayward or completely lost. We are not promised problem- or trial-free circumstances. We are not even encouraged to do more or to do differently to gain our Father’s favor.
Because of our Father’s goodness, we are promised the Holy Spirit. And, through Him, we are assured love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, despite whatever earthly circumstances we are facing.
Two years ago, I was forced to face this very question: Where was my guidance coming from? I realized that although I had been a church-going believer most of my life, I was having difficulty moving beyond the holy discontent, the thought that “there must be something more. I must need to BE something more.” I could make a list of all the people and ways I’d failed. I also had a list of people I’d rather be more like. I made lists of resolutions and then more resolutions on what to do when the original resolutions didn’t resolve as planned. I kept trying harder and harder to be a “good Christian” and found my attempts leaving me feeling like a failure. Unloved and useless.
But something began to change when I surrendered all the resolutions to Jesus under one verse:
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17 ESV)
With the help of the Life Spring Network team, the petals of the “onion” that is my life began to get peeled away until I could clearly see myself as God sees me:
“I am His beloved daughter. With ME, He is well pleased.”
As this message took residence in my heart, my mind began to transform, just as the Bible says it will in Romans 12:2. As I pressed into my relationship with my Lord, fear was replaced by HOPE. Low energy was replaced by renewed PASSION. I began to see each day as being filled with new opportunities. Now that I didn’t have to be in charge, the direction often changed.
No longer am I as concerned with WHAT I’m doing, but more WHY I’m doing it and for WHOM. With God as my leader, options are often fewer because clarity is God’s method. Choices are easier to make without the confusion. The one thing that remains the same is that I don’t know the outcome. When I was in charge, that brought about more fear.
With God in charge, the fear is replaced by FAITH.
So, for all of you fellow “good Christians” out there, going to church but also holding on to the leadership of your lives, consider that it may be time for you, too, to recalibrate. This goes for all of us, regardless of what level of leadership we’ve been given in the church. Because of our flesh, we all need encouragement to turn back to our source of light…our source of LIFE. It may feel a little like jumping into the deep end of a pool for a while, but our lifesaver is in us, and He always sees the water line.
God’s goodness awaits. Recalibrate…good times! C’mon!
Father God, thank You for the Holy Spirit in us. May we each hear your call to ARISE and SHINE, for your light HAS come and your glory rises upon US. Help us with our unbelief and make the path clear as we recalibrate with You as our guide.
If you want to recalibrate with our Lord, but aren’t sure where to start, please call us at Life Spring Network 630-259-8438.