When the “check-engine” light comes on in your car, you take it to the local factory-authorized service center, where a technician will connect a probe to the car’s standard on-board diagnostic (OBD) port, which will retrieve the diagnostic codes that will facilitate the analysis of the problem that caused the light to come on. In order to retrieve these codes, your retrieval mechanism must have the proper physical interface.
The proper interface is important for two entities to share information. For example, if you have a computer that lacks an 802.11 or 3G interface, you cannot access the internet wirelessly.
Every human being is equipped with what is commonly known as a conscience. Another term for this is “moral compass.” I like to think of it as a “wireless interface” that receives instructions from a source. Think of the conscience as a radio receiver and you’ll understand what I mean. The source that broadcasts does so continuously. Likewise, your internal receiver is always tuned – without change – to that frequency. I like to call it, “W-G-O-D!”
One of the failures of Christian evangelism is that its practitioners are often reduced to little more than fire-insurance salesmen. Folks obtain salvation as a means to avoiding eternal hell but little more. Moreover, there’s nothing demonstrated to differentiate it from any other religion. The ultimate failure of religion is that it promises a pleasant afterlife without dealing with the present issues of the here-and-now.
All religions have, at their core, some sort of “sweet-by-and-by” for those who “live right.” Some prescribe an eternal doom for those who “live wrong.” Some have a “lather-rinse-repeat” clause; that is, if you don’t get it right in this life, don’t worry, you’ll be reincarnated with another chance to succeed spiritually. What’s different about Christianity is that it is not based on good works – you cannot do enough to earn salvation. I like to say that life in Christ is not religion at all; rather it is a relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ, who sacrificed Himself for the sins of mankind.
Imagine that, a belief system that doesn’t rely on your good works, instead dependent on your willingness to receive a gift already provided for you. But I digress…
Every other major religion of the world views Jesus as a great man. Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and others all call Jesus a “prophet” or a “holy man.” However, one of the characteristics of a “good,” “holy,” or “prophetic” man would have to be honesty. Consider the words of Jesus in John 10: 7-9:
7Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Here, Jesus identifies Himself as an interface, calling Himself a door. It is interesting that He refers to Himself as a door, because a door is an interface to either another room in a building or a point of entry or exit to the building. Understand, though that without a hinge, a door is merely another type of wall. What made Jesus a door was the cross; the cross is the hinge!
As if that weren’t enough, Jesus puts the punctuation mark on His assertion in John 14:6:
6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus is not merely saying He is an interface; rather, He is the interface.
It is essential to understand interfaces because they often represent the gateway to something we are trying to achieve or receive. Wireless protocols are the gateway to the internet, which is a cornucopia of information, entertainment, and commerce. You could easily surmise the internet is the aggregation of what is commonly known as “the good life” and wireless access protocols are the gateway to it.
Which begs the question, what is Jesus the interface to? Well, He clearly stated He is the door to salvation and the way, or interface, to the Father.
“But,” as they say in the infomercials, “wait, there’s more.”
Jesus said in John 10:10 that He “…is come that they (His followers) might have life and have it more abundantly.”
In other words, Jesus is the gateway not only to eternal life but to abundant life! This abundant life is only possible through the interface to proper relationship with the Creator; that is, God. And it is through this relationship that we find our purpose, receive our divine assignment, and fulfill our destiny.
The purpose of a thing can only be found in the mind of the creator. Like our illustration of the automobile with an illuminated “check-engine” light, you will only diagnose the problem with tools that have been designed by, or have the approval of, the creator. Similarly, mankind cannot fully comprehend its purpose without a revelation springing forth from the mind of the Creator. And this type of revelation only comes from a holistic relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
So, if you are a disciple of Christ and you are not experiencing the abundant life promised you by the Word of God, or if you are among those who do not know Him but want to experience life to the full, check your interface!
© 2010 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)