2 Corinthians 3:4-6  – “Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

Have you ever upgraded your cell phone? The new one always comes with more fancy bells and whistles. It is supposed to be more user-friendly and consequently has less of an instruction manual. Frankly, I was pretty happy with my old phone. It worked for me. I’d gotten use to it, and it had trained me to work around its inconvenient quirks. The new phone is more intuitive to operate and so I can usually figure it out if I just spend more time with it. Upgrading the phone forced an upgrade in my operating system.

When Jesus came, He was an upgrade from the Law. When the Holy Spirit came, He was an upgrade from Jesus. Each upgrade forced a new way of thinking and operating. In each instance there was an invitation to advance or stagnate. Growth is hard; there are many fancy features on my phone I’ve not yet utilized because I’ve not taken the time to learn how to maximize what I have.

God’s gifts are always upgrades. He always gives something better. We are going from glory to glory, from the glory that was manifest on the face of Moses to the glory made manifest in our heart. But it will be a challenge to operate more fully in that upgrade. Just ask Nicodemus. Our thinking (our way of seeing and believing) will have to upgrade too—ask Holy Spirit to teach you how to take full advantage of His upgrade.