Ever heard the expression, “Think outside the box”? It’s just another way of saying “Don’t think or act like everyone else.” In other words, don’t be a carbon copy. Take the plunge. Be different! That’s what the Apostle Paul meant when he wrote in Romans 12:2, New Living Translation, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”
If you’re at a place in your spiritual life where you’re thinking about giving up on your hopes, dreams and desires—you’re ready to throw in the towel because what you’ve been trusting and believing God for hasn’t come to pass, let me just encourage you that quitting is not an option! Especially when you look back and see how far you’ve come—how far God has brought you from when you first began your journey of faith.
Admittedly, I’m not as knowledgeable when it comes to computers as some people I know. That’s why I can easily get a little excited when, after my computer has malfunctioned, I hit the restart button and moments later there’s a message on the screen indicating everything is back to normal. I know my files are safe, that everything has been restored, and I can get on with my work. All it took was a simple reboot—a reset or recharge of the computer system and “presto,” I was back in business.
Nearly every day, we, as believers, face situations that might cause us to become frustrated, angry, defensive, arrogant—even complacent and lackadaisical. Not surprisingly, the stress brought on by situations can make us numb to the things of God. No longer are we faithful and fervently committed to prayer, to spending time in God’s Word, or to worship and fellowship.
Battery Low! Who, in this modern age of technology, has not been shaken by this stark warning when their smart phone, laptop, or some other electronic device is running low on power and about to shut down? The immediate reaction is always the same: RECHARGE!
The Bible is filled with Scripture encouraging us to let go of the past, to disregard our mistakes and failures and not let them become a hindrance to our future. But scripture also teaches that remembering our past has its place in helping us to secure a great future. Ephesians 2, for example, tells us: “Never forget that once you were heathen and that you were called godless and “unclean” by the Jews … But now you belong to Christ Jesus, and though you once were far away from God, now you have been brought very near to him because of what Jesus Christ has done for you with his blood.”