Time to Reboot!

Almost all of us use computers. Whether a desktop, laptop, or even your smartphone, technology today is all around us. We can’t get away from it!

The first personal computers came out in the mid 80’s (I actually remember my first “286” – it had two 3.5”floppy drives, and 6 disks to run Microsoft Word – an upgrade from the former 5.25” floppies).

Today, computers are smaller, faster, and smarter.  Unfortunately, they still have issues.  In fact, when you call the “help desk” at most companies, or a tech support line, one of the first questions they ask you is “did you try to reboot it?”

But, WHY?  Techno geeks describe this reboot process as giving the computer a chance to clean its memory.  Software of all types have “memory leaks.” These leaks cause programs to fail, temp files to be written, and software looping that may cause a computer to overload and freeze.

Rebooting a computer allows the memory to be cleared, the temp files to be deleted, and a variety of diagnostic checks to run during start-up that automatically fixes many of the errors going on in the background.

Interesting that 30 years after the introduction of the personal computer, we still do this simple solutionto fix over 90% of computer problems called-in to tech support hotlines today.

What is more interesting is that another simple solution fixes 100% of human’s problems today, and that’s been happening for well over 2000 years.

Jesus came to earth around 0 A.D. to give His life so that we can be made 100% perfect and righteous in God’s eyes.  No reboot required!

Well, unless you consider the day you were Saved. Sure, I had memory leaks, and a lot of baggage before I came to know the Lord. Then, He turned my life around. He didn’t reboot me, but He gave me the gift of being born again of the Spirit.

Jesus said:

3 “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

4 Nicodemus saith unto Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God!

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (John 3:3-6 ASV)

For non-believers, this passage may reflect their understanding of God. They don’t get it.How can one be born again? Simply put, Jesus was saying that if you believe in God, and trust Him as your Lord and Savior, then you have been re-born. You have committed your life not to earth and family, but to the Spirit of God.

Later in the passage, Jesus said:

16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

17 For God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through Him. (John 3:16-17 ASV)

Again, for non-believers, this is a little hard to understand. One has to have faith to believe that God can Save you. But once you trust in Him, you will see the truth much better.

What I didn’t tell you earlier about computers is that although we know rebooting does help solve these issues, we still don’t know all the reasons of how and why rebooting works. It just does!  Just like with God – we don’t understand WHY He would give His life for ours, but He did; and it works.  Believe in Him today, and have everlasting life!

 

Some admin items about this post and others:

First, a bonus for those IS geeks out there– a joke:

There are only 10 types of people in this world: those who get binary code, and those that don’t.

Second, thanks to Gary for the idea of “reboot,” and to your family for hosting us for dinner!  We had a great time!

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