Anyone who lives on this green earth has a piece of technology that has the option to set to “default”. If my Blackberry, God forbid, ever gets damaged or loses all of its information, I can reset it to default and restore it to its factory mode — what it was before I inundated it with my million texts, messages, emails, photos, and music.
Like our phones and other technology, we pack tons and tons of data into ourselves and we continue to operate with overloaded SIM cards (brains), hardware (our bodies), and data plans (our souls).
The more information we take in, the more gets pushed out; the older data (or our old selves) get pushed out into the stratosphere only to be retrieved when we are on the hot pursuit of a lost moment, image of ourselves, or forgotten piece of mind.
I love the way the Message Bible translates James 4:8-10. They just give it to you straight, no chaser.
So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud “no” to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet “yes” to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.
Being reset to “default settings” brings us back to our original form, original frame of mind, original place where God can do His best work. When we delete all the “junk” and restore ourselves with His data, we can perform at our peak. No drained batteries, no full memory cards, no overages on our hellish data plans.
On the Chase,