December 21, 2014

Pastoral Nuggets: The Reset Button

Brother AaronAs I sit at my computer writing this column, Charter Internet is down at my office.  While speaking with the customer service representative he told me, “I need for you to unplug the coax cable from the modem and then press the reset button.”  He then told me, “If this doesn’t correct the problem you will need to contact your IT person and have him correct the problem.  Unfortunately, this did not correct the problem. So, I’ve had to contact my IT person.

Although pressing the restart button didn’t correct my problem, it did start my mind to processing the instructions he had given me: Unplug and press the reset button.  If that doesn’t work call the expert to diagnose and repair your problem.

Wouldn’t it be nice if life had a reset button that we could just press when things go wrong and “poof,” “presto,” and “abracadabra,” life’s messes would be restored to perfect working order?  Wow!  If there was such a devise, I would have pressed it countless times!  Because the truth of the matter is – there have been and continue to be countless times in my life when I miss the mark.  There are times when I just flat blow it!  And when these times come in my life, and they do come, it is not a reset button I need – it’s my Savior – the “IT Guy,” if you will, to diagnose and correct my problems.

As I sit at my computer writing this column, my super-dooper LED flat screen television is in the repair shop.  Last week during a rain storm, either lightning struck real close to my house or the transformer on the light pole that feeds my house blew up, one or the other, I’m not sure which.  At any rate, my television was damaged.  Whenever I tried to turn it on you could hear the internal reset clicking – to no avail.

The television repairman did a diagnostic examination and told me that the mother board in the television was fried.  Alas, no amount of internal resetting was going to correct the problem.  The problem necessitated the technician replacing damaged internal parts.  In a week to ten days I should have my television back and be enjoying it again.  There will be a repair cost.  I will grumble and pay it. Will I take steps to insure this doesn’t happen again? Yes.  Will I forget this happened?  No.  Will I allow it to prevent me from enjoying my future television experiences?  No.

So it is in our Christian walk.  Being a Christian doesn’t insulate us from the strikes of the wicked one.  And on occasion, he hits with deadly accuracy. Damage occurs.  And as with my Internet or television, no amount of pressing a reset button is going to repair the internal damage caused by the strike.  It will necessitate the IT Guy or the Repairman replacing internal parts to restore us to service.  In Psalms 51:10-13(KJV) David says it like this, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”

In my personal life and ministry, whether it was with my mother and father, brothers and sisters, my wife, my children, church members, friends, associates, or acquaintances, there have been times the evil one has struck and caused much damage.  He has damaged relationships to the point where no amount of pressing a reset button would correct the damage.  Internal parts had to be replaced by the Great Technician of the Universe, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Now, when He has performed His work, there will be a repair cost.  I will grumble and pay it. Will I take steps to insure the same thing doesn’t happen again?  Yes!  Will I forget what happened? No.  Will I allow it to prevent me from enjoying my future Christian experiences?  No.

Each of us faces our own demons in life.  None of us are perfect.  On occasion, we all fall.  But as Christians there is forgiveness and restoration in Christ. Sometimes He has to replace a heart that has been damaged by sin.  But the good news is that, once repaired, we can teach others of Him.

 

Brother Aaron

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