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    Christianity Like a New Car?

    Christianity Like a New Car?

    Sadly, many today come to Christ and are "shown" how to live their new Christian lives. Remember, just like our own children, they will grow up according to what they "see" rather than what we may "tell" them. So it is in the church. Your church may have excellent "teaching and instructions" but the new convert will typically do what they "see" and not what they are "taught".

    When I was a senior in high school, my dad gave me his 5 year old, non-working Rambler stationwagon. I was so happy to have a car, it didn't matter that it didn't work and had been just sitting under the tree in our backyard for a couple of years. I couldn't wait to sit behind the wheel and pretend I was driving it down the street, waving at my envious friends. Didn't happen. Although I was given that car, it came with a caveat. I was not allowed to "work on it". I've never had any training in automotive repair. In fact, this was the first time I seriously looked at the engine.

    Apparently, the problem with my "new" car was the carburetor. That required a technician with far more experience than I had. Nevertheless, one day when my dad was at work and none the wiser, I borrowed some of his tools and took the carburetor apart, cleaned it thoroughly and put it back together again and made a few fine tuning adjustments. I turned the key and it purred like a kitten! I don't know what I did right but there it was, running so smoothly that I just HAD to take it out for a spin around the neighborhood. Oh, what a joy that was! I enjoyed my moment for a little while and parked it long before my dad would return home from work.

    Later, after he came home, he noticed that some of his tools were not exactly where he left them and also were "cleaner" than before. After he questioned me, I had to tell the truth. He took the keys away from me after a good scolding about the possibility of ruining an already dead car. A few days later, his own car died and he needed a replacement and took my pride and joy away from me. That old Rambler ran for several years before throwing a rod. I never got to drive it again.

    Back to the point of this message. We do exactly the same thing with our "new car Christianity". We are excited to have this new experience. We take our new "car" (Christianity) and are eager to take it out for a "spin". We show it off to our friends and take tender care of our new prize. We are happy to pay for the gas, the minor maintenance and are quick to invite others to "ride with us". Once we've received our new "car", we can go wherever WE want to go without anyone else's directions, instructions or limitations. WE ARE FREE to do what WE want to do. After all, the "car" is ours and we can do with it as we like!

    We are absolutely in love with our new found freedom and now, we do not feel any need to subjugate ourselves to anyone else's will or requirements. We are free! Others who have received their "new cars" encourage us to what they've done and all that is needed is the required maintenance to keep this new "car" running smoothly. Nothing is ever said about submitting ourselves to the "authority" of God through His Holy Spirit BEFORE we do anything with OUR "car". We are simply free to do with it as we see fit. Oh, there are a few "guidelines" we are given and those "guidelines" are different depending on which "church" we are affiliated with. These are just "minor" things and mostly, we are okay with abiding by them so long as they do not become overly intrusive with our choices.

    The only time we feel we need something more than what we already have is if the car has a major breakdown and we don't have the money to make the repairs. Another time is if we wreck our new "car". Only then will we consider "submitting" to another's authority but only for the purpose of "repairing" our precious "car". Once restored again, we may make a few changes like not driving it "too fast" or stopping at "stop signs and red lights". We can live with that for now, at least until we regain our confidence that we can do what we want as long as no one sees us, just as we were doing before.

    Okay, I'm hoping you're getting the idea by now. Our new life in Christ is NOT like a new car. We have "died" in Christ so that we may "live", not according to OUR wishes but His. Our lives no longer belong to us and we shouldn't live our lives according to what "we" want but what Holy Spirit wants. He didn't die for us and say, "Okay, here is your brand new car. Do with it as you want." No, He says this instead, "I died so that you can be restored back to fellowship with Me and the Father. No longer walk as you have walked in the past, doing what 'you' want, but walk like I walked. Not doing 'your' will but the will of the Father. Everyday I submitted my thoughts, desires, words and actions to the Father through His Holy Spirit that was poured out on Me without measure. I did this and died so that the same Spirit that was in Me and guided My life would be in you, doing the same."

    Your "new car" was not to provide you "joy" rides to please yourself but to serve My Father in a way that will bring glory to Him and His Name and when His Name is glorified through My sacrifice, THEN you will be able to "see" and "appreciate" My sacrifice I made for you. Reconsider My invitation to you. I want you to have life and have it more abundantly, not so you can go back to ruin it again but so that you can learn of Me and do live as I lived, IN TOTAL SUBMISSION TO MY FATHER. Got it? GREAT!

    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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