The keys were in the ignition. The car was running, and the seats were warm. It was ready to go, the only problem was it’s two normal passengers. We were also excited, but for a very different reason. I had locked my Wife and I out of the car.
In thirty eight years, I don’t think that I’ve ever had to call a locksmith to open my car. Thankfully, it was covered by insurance. However, I lost roughly two hours in the process. It may not seem like a lot of time, but a great deal can happen in two hours.
In reflecting back on this, The Lord directed my mind to His Church. We’ve been in a series at our church, Point Of Mercy in Nashville, TN, called “Season Of Sacrifice”. In it, our Pastor Denny Livingston, was calling us to a deeper place in the work of The Kingdom. It was a truly great day this past Sunday. The two images paralleled this afternoon, a ready Church, and a running vehicle.
Like our car, the Church is fueled and ready for the work of God’s Kingdom. The keys are in the ignition, The Lord Jesus gave them to us before He ascended. While, not locked, it is secure, and it is warm and inviting. The problem is, too often, my focus is outside of it. For my fellow drivers, I have one question?
We attend Church, but do we attend to the Church? This vehicle isn’t only a means of personal Salvation, it’s a rescue vessel. Will its mission continue, or succeed without my involvement? Most definitely! However, if I neglect it, or give less than my all; I rob myself of being part of so many blessings.
There is nothing like seeing revelation on the face of a new convert. Or the feeling of praying with someone that you had a hand in witnessing too. There is excitement in everyday Evangelism. While I love the Mission field, we don’t have to go overseas to change lives.
My incident with the car robbed me of two hours. It robbed my coworkers of my help, and it made my Wife late. Aside from the great things I’ve robbed myself of, what have I cost those that I would have reached? Had I not been too busy on my ________ , who would have received this Message, hope, or encouragement sooner?
Thankfully, a Locksmith, wedged something between my car and the door. I received another chance to drive. Sunday was God’s way of stirring us to a call to action. Every day, we are given an opportunity to reach the person that we weren’t able to reach yesterday.
Maybe you’re doing all you can, if so, refuel, and keep going. If you’ve allowed yourself to focus on the traffic beside, and behind you, take heart. God knows how to clear the clutter. Breathe, focus on that person that needs a smile, and drive towards a new day. He unlocked the doors for us. It’s time for us to pick someone else up along the way.