On Sunday, as I was sitting in church, a question popped up in my head: “Why am I here? Why are we all here?” As I was contemplating this, I found myself comparing my life to owning a car. I know, odd thought process! But in a way, there are quite a few parallels between the two.
If you own a car, you purchased it for a purpose. You use it to get to work, to do your shopping, visit your friends, and do road trips. You use it to get your plans accomplished. To make sure it gets you from point A to point B, you keep up its maintenance, from tire rotations to oil changes. When something is broken, you take it to a mechanic. When it’s low on fuel, you gas up. In short, you don’t own a car to have it sit in your driveway – you own it to do things with it. And you expect it to work when you need it to work. Nothing is more frustrating than a car that won’t start when you need it most!
Let’s switch over to how it relates to our lives as followers of Jesus. Why are we here? When we were saved, our ownership was transferred from Satan to our Redeemer. He paid an outrageously high price for us, and in addition, He decided to give us a complete overhaul and makeover. We were transformed from an old rust-bucket into a beautifully restored, shiny creation. We are God’s, and He purchased us for a purpose. And that purpose is NOT to sit under a tarp all week, just to be buffed and polished for our grand appearance at the Sunday morning show.
Yet I fear that too often, we are content to just sit in our driveways. We are content to just look good, but we are not putting ourselves to good use for His Kingdom. Jesus wants us to be the vehicle to clothe the naked, visit the sick, help the needy, bring hope to the hopeless, and love the unlovable but instead we just idle in our own front yard. He sees the maintenance that needs to be done, He wants to work on us, but we are happy with old oil and worn tires. We need fuel, but we just don’t take the time to be filled up again by spending time in His word and in prayer. Things are broken but we refuse to let Him bring healing and instead, we sputter and stall everywhere we go. And quite often, when He wants to use us to get His plans accomplished, we just refuse to go. How frustrating that must be for Him!
We must re-prioritize our lives! Let’s start by “giving our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word”, like the apostles did in Acts 6. Let’s allow Jesus to fill us with “living water” (John 4) that will then overflow into the world around us. And let’s be available and ready to go and “be His witnesses” (Acts 1), whether into our neighbourhood, our city, province, or all the world.
We are meant to be out there, running His errands, doing His work, delivering His message. Not so people can look at how great we are, but so they can admire the One whose infinite love and creative hands have made us into who we are. And so that other “rust-buckets” can be purchased and transformed into beautiful creations of His as well.
We have a mission to accomplish! Transformation and reconciliation is the goal, no cost is too great, and no matter who we are – junkers and clunkers – we can all be part of it. So to paraphrase the famous words of Optimus Prime: “Transformed Rust-Buckets, Roll Out!”