When the Time Changes

Falling Back

It is that time of year once again when we change our clocks by an hour. With that change, it has been suggested that this is a good time to check on those things in life that require periodic adjustment. The most common thing in this semi-annual ritual is to check the batteries in the smoke detector in our homes. While these devices can be life savers in providing warning of a fire, they only work with a live battery, and one seldom thinks about the batteries in a box hung on the ceiling.

Taking Stock

Apart from the other semi-annual maintenance projects that are in our lives, perhaps with this time change it would be a good time to take stock of a little spiritual maintenance. If the metaphor can be allowed, perhaps we should check our “spiritual smoke detectors” to see if they are function properly.

A smoke detector does not prevent a fire, but merely warns of its existence. When the alarm sounds, it is our actions that will be the difference between quashing a fire or escaping safely, and being harmed by its flames. In spiritual terms, there is a dangerous flame which burns hotter than any earthly fire, and that fire is promised to those who are not in a right relationship with God. A “spiritual smoke detector” would then be something that warns us we are not standing where we want to be.

The Most Important Need

For the non-Christian, the need is immediate and obvious that living outside of Christ only promises a future without hope (Eph. 2:12) and facing the destruction of Hell. But for the Christian, it can become easy to be complacent, or to make assumptions about one’s spiritual walk. Without checking our feet to see if we are still walking the walk of light (1 John 1:6ff), our own self can return to take over our lives. Without a mind that is focused upon where we are and where we want to be, we lose the “alarm” that should sound when we choose the wrong path.

How Often Do We Check?

These types of checks and occasional maintenance are simply wise precautions for a healthy physical life. Are we as careful and cautious with our spiritual life? If not, why not? If not, is it not time for another change?

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