Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Old Truck (rough)
This morning i notice an old truck. Sitting under a tree, covered in lush vegetation and corroding away into a heap of worthless metal. This truck looks like a photographers dream. What once was a great workhorse, is now nothing more than a rust bucket, wasting away into oblivion. It makes me want to buy it, work on it from the inside out. Reworking the engine and replacing the dirty, unusable parts with new, clean parts that make the heart of the truck rumble and roar with enthusiasm. Then replace the busted threads and cracked dashboard. Soon the truck would run like a young steed, but it is still not a completed work. It will take many hours of painstaking sanding off of the rust and old paint, preparing the truck for a fresh coat to radiate its former glory in the bright hues (preferably blue) of choice paint. After many hours, and much commitment, the workhorse will be a thing of beauty to gaze upon and enjoy. As Christians, Christ comes in like the master restorer who chooses the old derelict out of love and transforms it into a glorious piece of machinery. Although this this truck (us) did not deserve to be saved, out of love and grace the truck is saved. Almost like the ongoing sanctification of our lives, this truck is molded into a shiny masterpiece that is renewed,vibrant and "made right". The beauty of this thought, is that instead of taking numerous man hours and millions of sweat beads, this "task" happens in an instant. When we agree that Christ is Lord (i say agree b/c he is Lord, no matter what we believe as human beings) we instantly are swept up into his arms and created into a new being. The old is gone, the new has come. We are made right (righteous) in God's eyes. Just as the trucks engine is restored to its original form, our hearts are brought to the state of life that we are called to and were originally created for. From this point of restoration to a rightness with God, we begin to be sanctified (made holy). This process will be ongoing until we pass from this life and then become truly complete in Christ, in heaven. At this point we are completely restored, topped with the fresh new coat of shiny blue paint. THis thought is brief, and i could expound on it more, but i feel like this is enough for now. There are many parts of our relationship with Christ and salvation in itself that i did not include.