God's word in today's world

A restoration process

I used love watching programmes in which old cars were made new again. You could hardly recognise the old car coming out of the garage. From an old, rusted piece of tin to a shiny, new vehicle.

They strip nearly everything from the old jalopy that comes in. It’s mostly the framework that remains and they often cut off pieces of that too. Very little of the original car remains. I sometimes wondered why they go through all that trouble and didn’t just get everything new from the start.

This illustrates very well what happens to us when we accept Jesus as our Saviour. We were rusted from sin. We were tainted by all the wrong things we did. Our parts did not work well. We didn’t look good and the things we did weren’t good to look at.

Paul said it so well: 3It wasn’t so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, dupes of sin, ordered every which way by our glands, going around with a chip on our shoulder, hated and hating back.

In a way, this is a picture of our BC, before Christ, days. Yes, it’s us in that photo, but we’re unrecognisable, like the old, rusted banger. And how stupid we were! We did such stupid things. It’s a wonder we survived our BC days!

We had the wrong boss. Someone who wanted to stop us from reaching Jesus. He promised us things. We built castles in the air, but those dreams never came true. It was impossible, because the devil’s power had been cut off.

Fortunately, we saw the light and with the grace of God we could see what we were doing. We could see that the road we were on would take us straight to the eternal fire. God fetched us from that wrong road and took us to his workshop.

What I realised from those old car restoration programmes was that they couldn’t build the new parts onto or into the old ones. The old stuff had to be removed. The mechanics jumped in with heir hammers, grinders and crowbars, pulled out all the rotten parts, and threw them away.

The foolishness and sin must be pulled from our lives. We must intentionally fight it and make sure that they never get a foothold in our lives again. It’s not always easy to get rid of it. Sometimes it hurts to get rid of the bad stuff, but it has to be done. Because when it’s gone, the new parts, new life can move in.

One thing I’ve realised is that this takes time. The more rusted and banged up the car is, the more time and energy it takes to work on it. It’s the same with our lives. God can’t just snap his fingers and voila, everything is all right. No, it takes time, lots of time, sometimes a lifetime.

You and I are in the process of being made new. Let’s work hard on the restoration process and stop sinning. Let’s do what’s lovely and good, all the way.

Titus 3:1-2

What sin is still in you?
What must you do with it?
Do you need help?

Lord, the car that is my life is so old and rusted by wrong habits, it seems to me there is no hope for change. But You are the Master Mechanic who specialises in restoration. Please make my life new! Even if it takes a while. I want to change. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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