My family, especially my wife, has heard me often say, “Can we just stick to the plan?” I am cursed with this need to plan and to know what the plan is. I do not have to be the one always making the plan, I just need to know what it is so I can prepare myself for what is ahead. For example, if we are going out for dinner tonight I want to know where we are going. I do not like just winging it, I want to decide so I can begin thinking about what I want to order at said restaurant. Come that evening, I do not want to change the plan to the last minute suggestion, because most likely I have already decided on what I am going to eat. I am capable of going to a different restaurant, I am not some kind of crazy control freak. However, my preference or the default setting is to plan.
Default settings are the base settings of a system that can be changed, but when the machine is restarted it will fall back to the “default” settings. For example, I am using Word to type this devotion and my default font is Calibri, but I am typing this in Century Schoolbook because it is the format we use for these devotions. When I go to open a new document, the default font will automatically be chosen.
There is a motivational default setting within each of us that is called “ME.” Though we may want to do things for others it will not come natural because our default setting is to do things for ourselves. We cannot will ourselves to change that setting. It is the make-up of our operating system. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, that the only way to overcome our default setting is to let the love of Christ have the controls of our system or ourselves: “For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”
Jesus’ default setting was us. He died for all of us and for us to overcome the ME setting we have to die to ourselves much like Christ died for us. It is not a physical death for us, but one of choice, to surrender ourselves, our motivations, our dreams, and our desires to Christ.
In a selfless act Christ died for our sin. He paid the price for our sin, so that we will no longer live for ourselves, but for Him. When the motivation or default setting moves from me to Christ it completely changes the perspective. It is not just on restaurant choices or plans changing, but on valuing others over my desires.
If Christ is not counting my trespasses against me, then I should not count them against others. The only way that will happen is if I change my default setting from “ME” to “CHRIST.”