The core idea of SYNC is that just as you are wired in a certain way, the universe is also wired in a certain way.
When those two wirings are out of SYNC, you decide whether to try to SYNC with the universe or stick with your own wiring and get the universe to come to terms with you.
SYNC (See Yourself iN Christ) is built on the premise that the wiring of the universe is centered in Jesus Christ. SYNC with him and we SYNC with it.
But of course, this only works if we trust him to do some rewiring of us. If we want to stay wired exactly as we are today, if we only want to express ourselves, "be who we are," then we choose not to SYNC. Unfortunately his wiring will not change to suit us. We take it or leave it.
Any of the three overviews below will help you see what you will be getting into if you let Jesus start rewiring.
What is taking God so long? Why not end all the suffering right now if he can?
He thought of that. The holdup is that when he comes back to forcibly end all suffering, the grace period ends. Judgment falls. The longer he waits, the more chances he gives for people to welcome grace and escape judgment. (2 Pet. 3.9)
The SYNC story, called "The Rescuer," is the story of the Bible (1000+ pages) condensed to a page or two. It is the story of the world, a panorama from creation to the return of Jesus Christ.
The aim of SYNC is to help you take your rightful place in that story.
There are seven SYNC versions of this one story. Each covers the whole story but brings out one particular strand of it, whichever is the theme of the current SYNC season.
The SYNC seasons are not mentioned by name in the story. They are marked in the green banner that runs down the right side of the page.
As you go through the annual SYNC cycle, read the story from the various angles. Gradually you will build up a more complete picture, one that will be clear enough you could tell it to somebody--and we hope you will.
The goal of Glory Season is to get so thrilled about the prospect of Christ's return to earth that we light up like people who see dawn coming.
The entire mess this world has got itself into will finally be cleared up. All wounds healed. No new ones inflicted.
That's how things will be when Christ the King is in charge of everything and everyone. It is a compelling vision. Jesus Christ will deliver the perfect world that so many dictators have promised but failed to bring.
If we SYNC with that vision, we do not twiddle our thumbs as we wait for it. It lights a fire under us. We want to bring as much of that glorious future into the present as we can.
We are not designing or building that future. The King is in charge of that part personally. But as his representatives we are showing people a little of what that future is going to look like.
So "all hands on deck!" This is no time for sleeping. The King wants more citizens to enter his kingdom, and it is our job to show them how great it is to belong.
When what we want for ourselves is the same thing Jesus Christ wants for us, we are in SYNC with him, and we have inner peace. Otherwise there is tension and turbulence inside because we were designed to SYNC with Jesus like a gasoline engine was designed to run on gasoline.
It all comes down to trust. Do we trust what Jesus wants for us more than we trust what we want for ourselves? In Glory Season we especially think about whether we trust his timing.
We might wish he would wait a little longer before his return so we or one of our loved ones could finish something. We might wish he had come yesterday or last year and spared us something we have had to endure.
Our biggest temptation is not about timing though. It is the temptation not to think at all about Christ's return as an actual possibility for this week or this year. We just live life like it will go on forever, or at least till we are 80 or 90, which seems like forever to most of us.
When we fail to SYNC our lives with the prospect of Christ's return, we start to slip out of SYNC on the other six parts of the annual cycle too. Our vision dims. We are less alive, less connected, less free, less powerful, less forgiving, and less courageous.
All those blessings come roaring back when we refocus our minds on Christ's return and pray, "Come, Lord Jesus." (Rev. 22.20)