Out of Sync

The clock lied to me this morning. I looked at its hands and I was sure it was 6:09 am. I went outside, switched off the lights, went to the bathroom, almost had a shower but decided against it, went back inside my room, looked at my cellular phone for messages and was confused when I saw the time. It was still 3:09 in my phone. I looked at the clock again, the seconds were moving but the time was different from my digital cellphone clock. Still confused, I looked at the sky outside but the artificial lights weren’t of any help. Then I figured that if all the other clocks failed, there’s only one place to go to find the correct time, the world time server in the internet. Within seconds I realized that my analog  wallclock is malfunctioning, my cellphone was right and the correct time was 3:09. Problem solved, pronto.

Our spiritual lives are somewhat similar to clocks. Our batteries can go weak, we can get busted with the wear and tear of the daily grind, and most importantly, there are times, lots of times in fact, when we are out of synch with the real clock, the Holy Spirit. Then the world sees us, looks at us, tries to “read” us, and walk away confused because we sometimes convey the “wrong time.” Thankfully, we have one standard that will never change- God himself, and we all have the option to align ourselves to his will.

Romans 8: 5-6 says it categorically. “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires…

Now that’s some serious stuff to swallow. That verse clearly spells two options for us: to be in synch with the Spirit of God or with carnality. No middle ground there, it is a choice that we have to make every single day.

Galatians 5: 16-17 tells us how. “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature…”

Is your mind in synch with the Holy Spirit? It’s so easy to tell. Just list down the kind of thoughts that consume your mind when you’re not particularly thinking about anything, like when you’re driving alone, or lying on your bed at night, or when you’re riding a bus. Are your thoughts something that you can videotape and show in church on Sunday morning?

Just wondering aloud.

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Jojo Agot

Pastor at Victory. Teacher and writer at Every Nation Leadership Institute (ENLI). Studies at Every Nation Seminary and Asian Theological Seminary.

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