When the remote doesn’t work
So my 1 year old grandson has this thing about the TV remote. I mean, that’s his favorite thing to play with when he comes over. I used to let him play with it until he changed some settings and we couldn’t get it changed back for a day or so. Yes, we are probably what you would consider old folks who have problems figuring out technology sometimes, but for real! We spent a lot of time trying to figure this one out! We were hearing some sort of foreign language that talked at light speed every time we changed the channel. It was quite interesting, actually! And, a little annoying at the same time.
That’s when we decided to get smarter than a toddler. We purchased another remote at the store and didn’t put batteries in it so that he could play with THAT one all he wanted. Problem solved — or so we thought. One morning he held up “his” remote — pointing it at the TV, and wouldn’t you know — he quickly realized that when he pushed the buttons, nothing was happening. He didn’t waste any time — he put it down and started looking for the other one.
Same is true with our relationship with Christ. We might say we believe in God and look like we have our act together on the outside by our actions, but if our heart is empty like that remote, then all we are doing is pretending to be something we’re not. And just like my grandson could see through the remote, Jesus sees through our motives. He knows our heart.
This verse was mentioned during church this morning. I thought it was a perfect reminder to end this with. “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. vTest yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that wJesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” 2 Corinthians 13:5