Reset and Rest

By Jon Srock on June 1, 2018

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

The word RESET means – to set again, or to begin anew.  Think of all the things that come with a reset button.  Our phones come with the ability to return them to factory settings. - Our homes have electrical breakers that allow us to reestablish the flow of current when they have been tripped. – God has designed our bodies so that when we break a bone they are able to be reset and heal and become strong again.  God gave our children a reset button that helps the parents adjust an attitude problem; it is located on the Gluteus Maximus and is activated when the hand of reason is firmly applied to the seat of knowledge.

A reset is needed when things are not functioning they way they were designed or intended to function.  A reset is a lot like a “do over”.  It allows us to get back on track and to begin again in a new and fresh way.

Salvation is God’s ultimate reset button.

2 Corinthians 5:17- Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Without Christ we were lost, sinful, dirty and completely on the wrong road of life.  Without Christ we were dead in our sins and we were enemies of God.  Salvation set’s us free from the curse of sin and death. Salvation resets our relationship with God the Father.  Once we could not call ourselves clean, but through the blood of Jesus Christ we are not only clean but righteous. You, as a Christian, are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  2 Corinthians 5:21 - For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 

Sometimes we need to hit the reset button by un-cluttering our lives. Most people live cluttered lives.  Their daily schedule is as full as the closets in their house; filled with all kind of things but very little of it used.  When Jesus called the disciples He told them that they were to travel light.  Luke 9:1-3 (NLT) - One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases.  Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.  “Take nothing for your journey,” he instructed them. “Don’t take a walking stick, a traveler’s bag, food, money, or even a change of clothes.  Jesus was reminding them of the power and necessity of a simple life. Many of us look forward to a time of spring cleaning in our homes.  It freshens things up. Sometimes our homes don’t need a spring cleaning, they need a time of de-cluttering.  A few months ago as we were praying God started telling many of us that He wanted to do a new thing in our church.  He showed us that in order to do that we needed to simplify our ministries and our schedules and we needed to physically de-clutter our church facilities. We went on a massive cleaning binge and literally hauled away over a ton (that is over 2,000 lbs!) of unused things that we had been storing for years.  We needed to unpack the worthless unused things that were cluttering our space and slowing us down.

What emotional baggage are you caring that is hindering you from walking in God’s fullness for your life?

What unrealistic expectations are you holding onto that Christ never put on you that cause you to be emotionally bogged down?

Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT) - Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

~ Someone said that– Expectations are premeditated resentment.

Many people are trying to run their race weighed down by anger and resentment that was brought on by unmet expectations that you decided, if they were not met, you were going to be unsatisfied. Listen, it is time to un-clutter. Un- Cluttering means simplifying.  There are many of us that have no room in our schedules for God to do anything.

In order to reset, we need to make sure to honor the Sabbath.  There is a lot to teach about the Sabbath but for the idea of resetting we need to grasp hold of our need for another R-word - REST.  A Sabbath day was to be set apart not only for worship but for rest.  Holy means to be set apart.  Jesus said honor the Sabbath Day and keep it HOLY.  Rest is a Holy thing.  For some of us this is a word of God for you.  It is time to hit the reset button on your rest schedule.

This summer we are allowing God to “RESET” areas of our lives and our church.  Take some time to rest and be renewed.

You are loved,
Pastor Marvin & Dawn

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