Calibration – [noun] the act of checking or adjusting (by comparison with a standard) the accuracy of a measuring instrument;
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1
Our devotional times are opportunities of recalibration. As we spend time with God, in His Word, worshipping Him, praying and talking to Him about our life and His Kingdom and His plans and purposes we renew our minds. As we confess our sins and repent and are thankful – we are recalibrated and adjusted to the standard and measure of Christ. We are transformed more and more into sons and daughters of God.
…so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:12-13
Bill Johnson. Pastor of Bethel Church, Redding, says “Never gaze at something that does not belong in your future.” Recalibration keeps our gaze upon God and His Kingdom, not ourselves, the world, our circumstances or our flesh. Time with God enables us to bring our affections into line with His – to love the things He loves. It lets us align our purposes and plans with His and lay our lives down for that which He laid His life down first and foremost. Salvation. Peace with God. Redemption. Transformation. God’s glory. The Great Commission.
Our Devotional time recalibrates our hearts to continue loving God and His ways – it renews our mind, exposes weaknesses and vulnerabilities to sin, gives vision and wisdom. It reminds us how amazing, awesome, powerful, mighty, gracious, compassionate, loving, kind, and glorious God is.
Spending time with God and in His Word and prayer and worship unlocks something within us, it unlocks faith and trust within our spirits in Him and His Word that then outworks itself into our lives. We are changed from the inside out. The things of God may seem illogical to our minds – but when you really look at it and think about God – how awesome He is, how glorious and powerful, the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth – they’re completely logical! The truth of His Word ignites faith within us.
We need to meditate upon God’s Word and let it rewrite the truths in our heart. Make time to read His Word. Let it renew us, let it challenge us, let it recalibrate in our spirit.