SYNCing as opening up

 

SYNCing happens when one device opens up to the influence of another. In a similar way, we open ourselves up to the influence of God through SYNC activities. 

Opening up vs. being overpowered

We are not forced to open up. God has set his goal as winning our hearts like a young man wins the heart of his bride, not forcing us to submit the way a rapist forces his victim. God wants our love not merely our acquiescence. His aim is to fulfill us not to use us.

As we open up freely to him and let his love influence our lives, we get swept up into a new kind of living. God SYNCs us with his grand plan to restore the world to what it was meant to be and can be. He restores us and draws us into his restoration of the world. 

"Open up" vs. "Be good"

 

Jesus' main teaching was about opening up to God's restoring "influence." His message was not what many people think, "Be loving. Be good. Be kind. Etc." His actual message was, "God is taking over now, bringing his influence to earth in a new way. Open up to that! Forget whatever else you were doing and align yourself with the plan God is unfolding." 

Of course, if you do open up to that influence, you do end up being more loving, good, and kind, but you realize that you got there because you opened up, not because you tried harder. His influence does what we can't do by trying harder.

 

So the whole point of life is to align or SYNC with his influence and to thank him for the results. Since his plan and intentions are so good, why would we not want to throw ourselves totally open to his influence and participate in the restoration he is carrying out?

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