Reading: Colossians 3:1-17
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4 (NIV)
The old me is dead. I “died with Christ” (Colossians 2:20), and then three days later, I was “raised with Christ” (Colossians 3:1). This happened at a specific moment in history nearly 2,000 years ago, but I got to “share in it” when I made my own personal decision to accept Jesus as my Lord, and be baptised. With that burial and resurrection, I became a brand new person, a “new creation”. Home is no longer where it was. My new permanent address is now “hidden with Christ in God”.
But with this monumental shift in the spiritual realm comes the realisation that all my old settings need to be re calibrated – the way I think, the way I respond, my priorities, my focus, the things I pursue – everything.
Calibrate: Correlate the readings (of an instrument) with those of a standard in order to check the instrument's accuracy; adjust to take external factors into account; carefully assess, set or adjust.
It's still happening, this Re-calibration. In fact, the more time goes by, the more I discover in my heart and mind that doesn't correlate with those of the 'Standard'. As I read my Bible, I keep becoming aware of things in me that don't line up with the way that Jesus is, or his expectations of me.
Yet I don't feel guilt. Rather I feel hunger. I find that I am wearing some old attitude that I suddenly, desperately want to get rid of. I see a standard of faith that I fall woefully short of, and I desperately want my faith to grow to meet that new standard. I discover once again that God desires intimacy with me, and I long to go deeper in my relationship with him.
What a wonderful privilege to have the Spirit of God doing this work in me. He really is re-calibrating me. It's as I turn my heart and my thoughts toward him that he truly can have full reign to do his work. Coming before him as I read my Bible, setting aside time to walk and talk with him, and choosing in all my decisions to honour my declared devotion to him – these things open the way for God to reset and restore everything in my life that needs putting right. How good is that!
Holy Spirit, I offer myself into your hands, and say, “Have your way.” Please re-calibrate me so that I might be like Jesus. I want to love like him, and be pure in every thought and motivation. Jesus, I thank you that my future is now in your hands, and for the privilege of being able to walk with you now, and every day. Come, Lord Jesus!
Posted on April 7, 2013, in SOAP and tagged Christianity, faith, God's Word, holiness, Holy Spirit, home, hunger, intimacy with God, Jesus, perfecting me, righteousness, transformation. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.
I like the concept of recalibration. I recently spoke at a conference on purpose and used a GPS as an example standing for God’s Positioning Spirit. It reminds me of what the GPS in my car says when I make a wrong turn – recalculating. I need recalculating by the Holy Spirit in order to make sure I am on the path He wants me on. Blessings!
GPS in the car is a really good illustration. “God’s Positioning Spirit” – I like that! Very illuminating. Thanks so much for your comment.
The work of the Holy Spirit is a continuous process in our lives, a process of filling with power for evangelism and holiness… RE-calibration is definitely part that work… May God bless you and keep you!
I agree! It’s so wonderful to know that even at this moment, God is working in us and perfecting us. Thanks for your encouragement.
This is an Awesome post! Thanks for sharing! Blessed me much. Beautiful prayer that very much touches my heart’s desire. 🙂
I’m so pleased to hear that. I believe God loves to meet us when we’re hungry for him, and he will surely bless you! “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Ps 37:4
One of my favorites! 🙂