Posted by: Scott | Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Turning on the switch

Today was our first day of Vacation Bible School. The theme is on laying up treasures in Heaven, so it is only natural that we would teach on Heaven, and yes, the Bible does give us a glimpse.

Anyhow, I was in the midst of getting the laptop with our VBS songs on Power Point connected to the projector. Then after plugging in the projector, I went to power up and got nothing. The Laptop was already running. The CD player, plugged into the same outlet box as the projector worked. I swapped outlets to no avail, which should have told me something, but heard the wrong thing. I heard, Oh, yea, some of these outlets are tied to light switches. Great!

In the midst of my panic, I had an idea, snag another extension cord and plug into the same box as the laptop! I went and did with no positive results. Like I said the laptop was already running, so it got the security of it's own outlet. Help was offered from the Denver crew. Well, you can systematically flip light switches I guess….. 

One noticed an outlet on the west wall. That might work! I had plenty of cord to snake around there, so it was worth the shot. But after trying both outlets present on that box, maybe not. How many boxes were tied into switches and which switches????? Our curriculum writer, Kate, was noticing an opportunity and need for prayer. No sooner than she had asked who would like to start the day off that it had hit me and I felt extremely vertically challenged. On the back of the projector was an on/off switch that was superior to the simplistic power button. A simple flip of the switch and we were in business. However, we still had a word of prayer for the day was only just about to begin.

Tonight, I was reading in Colossians about putting on and putting off. This is a deliberate action that we as Christians are to take after salvation, as evidence of the change in our hearts. We can't just expect the sin and desires and mindset of this world fall off, we must take it off. The same with putting on the righteousness.

I know, this doesn't seem like it's going anywhere, but stay with me a moment. I had that projector plugged into outlets that worked just fine. They did what they were supposed to do: supply power.  They could do that because they were connected into a larger network all the way back to the power source. The problem was in the device not being turned on at the main switch.

As Christians, we are "plugged in" to Christ. He gives us power through His Holy Spirit, but all too often we turn off our main switch. We let the old self rule and reign as opposed to the peace of Christ. We don't let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly because we are so wrapped up in this Earth and the things of it that we aren't looking forward to our eternal home: the New Earth restored to what God intended it to be. If we turn our switch on, perhaps looking forward to "what God has prepared" would be more uplifting as it ought to be.

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