I’ll admit that I am an “i-freak”, I love the apps that I have on my iPhone, iPad and iPod. I have the Scourby Bible app which is narrated by a Shakespearian actor, I can find out what every star in the sky is called and I can learn to speak Italian with my “Italian for dummies” app. However, with the newer computers and technology, often these apps need to be updated to run better and to remove any glitches that exist in the systems. I remember the first computer I ever saw, it was big and awkward with a black screen and green block text. Technology and software has come so far that the old software systems, while necessary back then are now redundant. The newer software is built off the base of the old and results in more efficient, more useful and more effective operating systems.
Our growth in Christ can only be achieved through frequent “updates”. In many ways we start out our journey like those old computers – simple and basic. We start off with the simple knowledge that Christ died for our sins, that God chose us and that we need to strive towards walking into God’s kingdom. Our black screen with green text is a brilliant advancement in our own lives. However, over time, that screen and simple format simply don’t do what we need: we need to upgrade, update and sometimes reboot our systems.
In spending time reading God’s word, praying, listening and learning, we grow in our relationship with God. The more we grow, the more we can help others in their own journey. The difference between us and those old computers is that we will never be redundant, there is always an update available for you.
Proverbs 2 v1-6 says if you accept God’s words and store up His commandments in you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, then you will find the knowledge of God. “For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding”. Who wouldn’t want to be updated by God?
You cannot update software without going back to the original sources, just as you cannot update your relationship with, and knowledge of, God without spending time with Him. Our computers alert us when there is an update needed, some of us choose to hit the “dismiss” or “remind me later” buttons but then, when the systems start to fail, we scramble to get those much needed updates. Some of us tend to do the same thing in life. We know that a serious update is needed but we put it off. As sinners we should update our relationship with God every day, we should be “plugged in” continually and prepared for Christ’s return. Matthew 25 v1-13, Jesus told the parable of the ten virgins who took their lamps to meet the bridegroom. Only five thought to take extra oil with them so when the bridegroom arrived, only five had enough to greet him and they were taken into the banquet hall. We need to have enough oil, to continually top-up our lamps not only for Christ’s return but also to be a shining light to those still in darkness.
We need to be the most updated version of ourselves in order to spread God’s word and live our lives in the most efficient, most useful and effective way. So plug in and update – God is never offline.