Reset – Reset My Direction

“‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.” ‭Acts‬ ‭1:8-9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Hitting buttons is part of our modern day culture. When we want something to change we hit a button. So, you’re late for work at your office on the 10th floor and you jump into an open elevator, only to find that the doors aren’t closing fast enough. So, you jab at the “close door” button four or five times and, after a slight delay, the doors ease closed. Thus, leaving you satisfied you have moved this slow elevator on its path. Button pushing changes things – right?

Button pushing can help you navigate life and make a difference by letting you control things around you. Or at least you think it can control things around you. Sometimes those things you thought you were controlling, weren’t under your control at all. You may have heard of the “placebo effect” in medicine. It is where doctors in a study give a control group of patients useless sugar pills but tell them they are real medicine, and the patients’ brains convince them that the pills are the real deal. They begin to feel better and see improvement in their health not because of medicine but rather because of the psychological effect. Well, the truth is the placebo effect isn’t just for medicine anymore. Indeed, every day we’re encountering things that convince our brains we are controlling things.

That “close door” button in the elevator, for example, isn’t actually there for you to push. It only works when a key is inserted in the elevator panel by a firefighter or maintenance worker. Push it all you want, but the door will close when it’s programmed to do so every time. Ever since the Americans with Disabilities Act, the doors wait a little longer to close no matter what. Manufacturers could put a sign on the button saying something to that effect, but that’s a hassle. It’s easier to let the public believe they are the masters of elevator control.

Jesus knows it is easy for us to get distracted by control, anxiety, or even addictions. But instead Jesus tells His disciples and us “to receive our power from the Holy Spirit.” A reset life is not a one time occurrence. We can’t just push a button and hope everything changes the way we want. We’re called to focus our direction on God daily, making our relationship with the Spirit our highest goal. Then, and only then, a true “reset” can happen.

In Christ love and service,

Pastor Paul Marzahn