Operating on a Different Level

So you started this life with Jesus. Maybe that was yesterday. Or 10 years ago. Or maybe you do not even remember the exact date. Maybe at that moment you felt a huge relief, you where in tears or felt unspeakable joy. Maybe you felt nothing at all. It doesn’t really matter. The instant you asked Jesus to come into your life everything changed — absolutely everything!

The change is not visible on the outside. And still you are a brand-new creature, a different species, like an alien, because you are no longer from this world. But you say: “I do not feel different.” And yet it is true. Let me try to explain it to you like this:

Do you know these desktop computer towers? They have been around for a very long time. 1989 my family got its first computer. It featured 286 processor. One day we upgraded it to a 386 with a turbo button. It seemed like a different world back in the days and made a huge difference. Now imagine, you are this really slow computer. And Jesus did not give you merely an upgrade, He granted you a complete overhaul. Imagine the fastest supercomputer on the planet fitted into this old desktop tower. From the outside it still looks like any 286. But inside runs a whole different operating system.

The thing is though, God made is backward-compatible. If a computer is supposed to be able to communicate with older versions, it needs to be backward-compatible. Like a PS4 being able to play a PS2 game. They do this by emulating the old environment. So also our new nature features an emulator so that we can interact with this world and communicate with all the people that are still running on version 1.0. God Himself did that when He became man in Jesus so that we could understand who He really is.

Here is the problem though: we are so used to version 1.0 and so comfortable with how it works, that we still use it all the time. We are called and able to operate on a whole different level with unlimited resources, connected to the ultimate source of love — but we do not use any of that but stick to what we already know and what we believe from our experience to be possible.

We often call this “being realistic”, even though we are now part of a very different reality. So we decide to limit our potential, being fully convinced that this is all life has in store for us. Nothing could be more sad and further from the truth. And that truth is Christ in us.

When we invite Jesus into our lives, he answers that prayer immediately. The Bible states: “No longer do I live, but Christ lives within me.” It says: “The old things have passed away. See, everything has become brand-new!” These are not only nice sounding words, but a true description of the reality that is now yours. Paul writes in bewilderment to the Corinthians: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of God?” Jesus insisted that whoever has seen Him also has seen the Father because He and the Father are one. The fullness of God dwells in Christ Jesus and Jesus lives inside of you .

Jesus said: “All things are possible with God.” And God is with you — within you. That is why Paul wrote: “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” So a new law is operating inside of you. Let us together discover its workings and find out how to make the switch to this new life you are called to live — next time on this channel!