You know when your computer or your phone gets jacked up? We have all had that happen to us before. Something isn’t working, and there is only one option left: the factory reset. Isn’t it weird that sometimes just resetting something can solve all of the problems that you were experiencing? I’ve been thinking about this idea of a factory reset as it relates to us.
Jesus is our factory reset.
Each of us, before we encountered the love of God, were pretty jacked up. We weren’t “working” properly. Then Jesus showed up and hits our factory reset button. This changes everything for us; I think it actually fixes more than we think it does. Let me explain.
Before Christ, we all had or have our problems. We make poor decisions, we have poor beliefs and are impacted and even, at times, controlled by our sin. I’m sure you can think of even more problems that you’ve experienced before your encounter with Love. In my life probably the biggest problem I was experiencing was an insufficiency of love. Because of that I would turn to damaging habits to find love. I’m sure some of you can identify with that. But then something happened in my life. Jesus came and pressed my factory reset button.
So, what exactly happens when Jesus presses our factory reset? The Bible talks a lot about how Jesus addresses these problems. Romans 6:4 says this:
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a NEW LIFE“. [emphasis, my own]
That new life is the result of a reset, it’s the removal of the problem, it’s the solution to that pesky issue of sin. Again in 2 Corinthians 5:17 we see this idea again:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has GONE and the NEW is HERE!” [emphasis, my own]
All that was dead and dying has been done away with and now we live a new life.
So what does this mean? The thing I love about the factory reset is that it makes the device work as it was intended by the Manufacturer, by erasing the things that were causing it to malfunction. Your iPhone, once reset, operates properly as it was intended. It’s the same with us: God created each of us to be in a relationship with Him and to use our gifts and our make up to impact the world around us, for His glory. When we receive the powerful mercy and love of our Father, we operate like we were made to. The grip that sin had on us no longer exists. We are set free completely from sin’s power to control us. I know that for some of us, (myself included,) this isn’t always our experience. The message is that we have been reset but for some reason it seems like we still have the same issues and we believe we want to do the things we shouldn’t. So how does this make sense?
I believe it has to do with our belief systems. If we don’t believe we have actually been reset, set free and made righteous, we will get stuck in those old ways of living. This idea is addressed in Romans 12:2:
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” [emphasis, my own]
The outworking of the reset must take place in our minds. We need to believe that we have been reset, we need to let our beliefs be changed in order to be transformed. If God has removed our sin from us as far as the east is from the west, but we continue to believe that it lies deep within, we will conform to that thing that we believe resides within. Alternatively, when we believe that God has removed our sin from us, and put his Holy Spirit within us, we will begin to be transformed into His image and likeness. We will begin to sound like Him, walk like Him and do the very things that He did. When our belief systems and thought patterns change, we see how truly weak sin is in comparison to the power of Jesus Christ to set us free completely. This is His good, pleasing and perfect will for us!
So my questions are as follows: Do you believe you have been reset? Are there any beliefs that you have that keep you bound to sin and unable to fully experience the freedom and life that Jesus offers you? Ask the Holy Spirit about your beliefs and listen as He shows you areas that you can begin to renew your mind in. Ask Him to help you create new thought patterns and belief systems.