Since the coming of wifi, life has changed considerably, hasn’t it? Most of us think we can’t live without it. And so when we set up our router a few years ago, we had to set it up so that there would be a strong signal in three different locations. The main router is in my office and the network is called Home 2.4, then we have one set up in our kitchen area called Home Extended. The third is in our Business office across the parking lot and there the the network is called default.
Interestingly enough, many are the times when I will be sitting in my office trying to look something up on the internet and it will be super slow. The page will take forever to load and, inevitably, I will look down to the bottom right corner of my screen to see that there is only one little bar of strength. Once again, I realize that my laptop has automatically connected itself to the signal of the default network across the parking lot, instead of the strong Home 2.4 that is right here in my office. I am not sure why we called the office network “default” but it certainly is operating as the default for my laptop! Of course, I will scroll my mouse down to the corner and click on the little signal icon and then purposely connect to the strongest signal.
I have no idea why it connects to the weakest network but, I guess when it comes right down to it, we humans do that all of the time. We quickly fall into our default mode, the weakness of our bad habits, and the same old, same old. We operate at one bar of strength, wondering why life is so hard. All the while the strong signal of God and His Word is unused and powerless in our lives, because we have chosen instead to stay connected to the default network. And so most of us find ourselves connected permanently to a weak network, following our own selfish ambitions and desires, rather than submitting and surrendering to God.
Paul talks about it like this in Galatians 5:
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,[c] fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders,[d] drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
Of course, connecting to the proper network takes some work. We have to spend time in God’s Word and in prayer. We have to feed ourselves spiritual food that is full of pure and biblical doctrine. It is a little harder than scrolling a mouse and then giving it a click. But, in looking at the works of the flesh, I see the default works, the sins we all fall into without effort–strife and envy and idolatry and hatred, to name a few–and I know that I don’t want those characterizing my life. I want the fruits of the Spirit to be evident, fruits like love and joy and self-control.
And so perhaps today would be a great day for all of us to stop walking in the flesh, with all of its weakness and failures, and to turn our lives over, without condition, to the Lord whose strength is beyond measure.