Right now I am working from my home. Unusual for me, especially on a Monday. I did go into the office today for a couple of hours, but left. The IT guy for ANM, Stan, is installing a new network server. This is quite a job in itself, but when you have to link 65 individual computers together, and have them interface properly with the network, it is a monumental chore. Kudos to Stan for all his hard work. Anyway, what this means for me is that my computer was not quite up to par today. I couldn’t access many files that I need, since they are stored on the network. So work just got more and more frustrating. So I came home, figuring I could get more work done here.
While driving home, the current situation at the office made me think of how dependent we have become on technology. And what can happen without it. Think about it. Networks go down. You lose internet access. The power goes out. Result? Work stops. We are largely technology bound in America today.
This is something to think about. It is also something to make sure that we maintain a healthy perspective on. Because while our work in some regards may be dependent on technology, the greater work, the really important stuff, can (and will) continue without being dependent on technology. You see, the Gospel is not bound by… well anything.
Consider the situation of Paul as he writes 2 Timothy. He was in prison, in chains, awaiting his eventual execution. Yet he spoke of Christ’s Gospel “for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!” (2 Timothy 2:9). Paul recognized a great truth. As humans we may limited, drastically so in his case. But human limitations do not hinder or frustrate the ways of God. God always will triumph. This is a good lesson for us to remember.
I recall being in a church service one sultry summer Sunday evening. As is common in Virginia, hot, humid days often result in thunderstorms popping up. It happened that evening. And as often also happens, we lost electrical power. People were perplexed. Some said, “Well, I guess we might as well go home.” Some did. However, others found a few candles and an oil lamp, and we continued as best as possible. What intrigues me in remembering this service was that some folks had an immediate reaction which was very straightforward—no power, no service. You know that we can’t “have church” without lights, AC, and a sound system. Heavens (?) no!
I also recall being in a church service one night in a church in Latin America. It was an incredible service. The worship was genuine, heartfelt and exuberant. These people loved Jesus, and they loved expressing their adoration and devotion to Him. It was amazing! Right in the middle of our singing, we lost electricity. No lights. No fans. No electric guitars. No microphones. It was dark, clammy, and uncomfortable. But these people were used to losing power. Not only that, their focus was not on the available technology, it was on worshiping God. They hardly missed a beat. They continued singing as though nothing had happened. There was barely a pause, and the singing continued right from the place where we were before the power went off. We stood there in the dark, singing enthusiastically to our Lord. It was beautiful.
Here is a lesson for us. Let’s utilize all the technology, science, knowledge, experience, expertise we can. Let’s make these effective instruments for the Gospel. But let’s also never forget that God’s work is not bound by this technology. It is bound by anything. It is, indeed, the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16). It is unbounded, unstoppable and powerful.
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