It’s another Monday, and you are just sitting down at your desk to begin the day’s work. You turn your computer on, it starts it’s loading process as normal. As you open up the first couple of tasks for the day, you decided to turn some music on and begin checking your email.
All of these processes start to bog your poor computer down, and then…frozen. The ever-rotating “loading” icon just keeps spinning and spinning. The computer is in full mutiny against your work day. Frustration builds as your blood stream starts to boil, furiously clicking the mouse as if the one-hundred-thousandth click might do the trick.
Nothing happens—still frozen. What do you do? Everybody knows the answer to this.
You hit the “reset” button! Reboot! Restart! Reset!
Sometimes, I think that life can feel a lot like staring at that spinning “loading” icon on the screen as your computer slowly fries itself.
Maybe you have been stuck in a cycle of habitual sin. Perhaps you have been in an emotionless dry-spell in your faith walk recently. Or, maybe you are on the tail end of a several-week-long period of doubt and questioning.
Whatever it is, it feels like nothing is changing. No matter what you try, things feel the same. It’s not that you want to go back to a point in the past necessarily, but you definitely want things to be different than the way they are right now.
What if we could hit the “reset” button on our faith?
I do not want to give the wrong impression here—I don’t believe anything in life is quite as easy as pressing one simple button to unstick everything at once. However, I do believe in the power of the love of Jesus.
There are certain passages in the Bible that powerfully demonstrate the love of Jesus, even if you don’t fully understand the theology behind it all. For me, reading and meditating upon one of these passages is like hitting the “reset” button inside my soul.
One such passage is Ephesians 1:3-14. Now, instead of unpacking every theological detail that this passage includes and suggests, I challenge you to read this simply through the eyes of a child.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the
heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless
before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to
the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his
blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and
insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the
fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an
inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his
will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the
word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the
guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory."
Wow! That’s a lot of words, but do you feel the spiritual weight of them? These words clearly and powerfully communicate the deep love of Jesus for you and me. He absolutely loves us, with a love that is beyond our capacity to fully understand.
I know that you might feel stuck right now. In fact, I can personally attest to how much that feeling hurts. But the love of Jesus, our one true Christ, can and will penetrate the deepest longings of our hearts.
His love can save us from habitual sin. His love can reinvigorate our faith with a sense of affection. His love can push through our doubts and questions to embrace us in his arms.
His love can reset our souls.
Some other “reset” button passages I would suggest:
- John chapters 14-17
- 1 John chapter 1
- Romans chapter 8
There are many, many other passages that clearly and powerfully communicate the deep love of Jesus. This is just a sampling, but any of them can serve as your personal “reset” button.
What is your favorite “reset” button passage?
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-written by Chase Cotten, Media Director @ IDES