A Windows 10 Life
August 4, 2015
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
-2 Corinthians 5: 17
Like many, I am anxiously awaiting my download of Windows 10. I haven’t yet received it in the natural order of things and the advice of our IT guys to wait has kept me from going on the website to “force” the download. However, I have been seeing reports from friends and colleagues that they have upgraded without problems.
An upgrade in software is an interesting thing. If all works well, there is really no change in how the machine works, it will still run the vital programs and do the good things it has always done but no longer do some of the things that were annoying and not helpful. In addition, the upgrade would provide new features and capabilities. But for a major upgrade, the old software has to be wiped off the hard-drive and the new program loaded. That will often leave some things not working quite right, old programs that need to be tweaked or need a new driver to work correctly. But with a little work, a few modifications and some patience, you should have a much improved machine. Despite all of this, I’m still not sure that it’s going to be worth it. I’m actually pretty satisfied with my current version.
In some ways this is similar to what our relationship with Christ is supposed to do in our lives. Our program has become corrupted with all kinds of trash and our new relationship with Him is supposed to wipe out that old program driven by the values and ethics of this world, values and ethics built around power and self-preservation and replace it with a program built on the values and ethics of Christ, values and ethics built on self-sacrifice, love of God and love for God’s creation. And of course, once we begin to incorporate this new software into the hardware of our lives, we run into problems…old programs that want to continue to run, new programs and features that we struggle to learn and to use effectively. It can be so frustrating at times we are tempted to go back to the old software and sacrifice all the advantages and additional capabilities of the new.
Paul promises us that we have indeed been given a new and better life, but he also recognizes that this new life will be an ongoing learning process… one in which we continue to “strive for the upward calling.” Unlike the software download of Windows 10 which is supposed to take only a couple of hours and a few weeks of getting acquainted, to download Christ in our life and to fully acclimate will take a life-time. But the new features we find of peace, love and joy, the promised features of sweet communion with our Creator and with those whom we know and are known by Him. Well, no matter what the world’s IT directors recommend…it’s worth it.
Prayer: Lord, continue to download into me your Spirit. Erase from life those programs and mind-sets that neither glorify you nor serve my brothers and sisters. Create in me a spirit of Love and compassion that will demonstrate your great love, power and grace. In and through Christ I pray, Amen.
Rev. Dr. Steve C. Van Ostran
ABCRM Executive Minister