What will SYNC do for me? 

Benefits will vary depending on your situation and the SYNC seasonal rotation. But the following basic benefits are the same for anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Security, confidence, significance

Security in SYNC comes from what God has already done that no one can undo. In Power Season, the God-thing is Pentecost--the sending of the Holy Spirit from heaven to earth to give power to Jesus' followers. We are secure because we know that nobody can send the Spirit back. 

 

Confidence comes when we realize how Pentecost has changed the game for us today. The power of heaven has come down to earth to transform us and help us. We are not limited to doing the best we can. We can do the things Jesus did because we are not the ones doing them. He is doing them through us by his Spirit. Our confidence grows as we see evidence of Christ's power at work. 

 

Significance comes when we confidently sign up to do what God had in mind for us to do when he sent the Holy Spirit in the first place. We are "power agents," that is, in SYNC with God's plan to use his power for the good of the world through those people who follow Jesus. Caution: we are not rulers. King Jesus rules. But we are significant if we use the King's power to do the work the King assigns us. That is how we make a difference in the world.

Each meme is structured to reinforce our security, confidence, and significance. 

In SYNC with Christ and his reign, we can actually live with the intention to bless everybody, even our enemies or abusers. We can look ourselves in the mirror and honestly say, "I don't hate anybody." This does wonders for our self-respect.

 

This is not because we think we are better than anybody else. We know we could not make ourselves love our enemies, but we are happy when we see that change happen.

 

Christ is changing us inside at a deeper level than we can consciously change. That is why the SYNCing process gives us plenty to celebrate but nothing to boast about. 

We are like people plucked by helicopter from flood waters. None of them ever say, "Wow, did you see me sit still in that rescue basket so I would not fall out? Wasn't I something?" No, they all point to the rescuers.

Self-respect
Inner peace

When what we want for ourselves is the same thing Jesus Christ wants for us, 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. When we SYNC with Christ, we are doing what we were designed for.

 

It all comes down to trust. Do we trust what Jesus wants for us more than we trust what we want for ourselves? Do we trust his judgment more than our own judgment?

 

It is extremely risky to trust anyone or anything in that way. SYNC claims that Jesus is worthy of that trust. We can never trust him too much for our own good because he always has our good in mind. Our "good" may not be the same thing as our comfort or our preference, but we let Jesus make that call.

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