This time of social isolation is not for the purpose of productivity. It is meant for revelation. This is a moment of historical reset, not a break from our previous routine or a forced sabbath. The great danger for church leaders is trying to keep things afloat and continue to reproduce what was without entertaining the implications of a God-inspired reset only available when a fresh revelation is received and implemented. We can try to keep our people occupied with what was familiar in the last season and come out of this time without the reset and redirection God wants to offer that will lead us into the future.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a reset as: “to move (something) back to an original place or position: to put (a broken bone) back in the correct position for healing: to put (a gem) into a new piece of jewelry.” As I read this definition, a spiritual application came.
I had something written out to define the three elements of this reset, but the Lord said to not publish it, but allow each reader to make personal application. Using the metaphors provided in Merriam-Webster’s definition of the word reset as it applies to this season in history and our eventual return to “normal,” what does it mean for you as it applies to:
- a return to God’s original intent, personally and for the Church?
- a spiritually broken bone in our calling needing a reset for healing?
- a transfer of the gem of our faith into a new setting?
Answering these three questions will help individuals and communities of faith define what the reentry will look like. What hell intended for evil, death, and despair will be used by God to reset His people to be a more powerful expression of His life and love.