After over 200,000 miles on the road, even a favorite automobile has to be laid to rest and replaced with newer wheels, a stronger engine and less numbers on the odometer. That is the story of our dearly loved and used Toyota Highlander. It served us well, but there were issues that needed to be addressed – and so as we prayed, we began looking for its replacement.
No matter what we chose, any car we sat in was definitely going to be an improvement. We would never choose one with more miles than our Toyota. The upholstery would be newer and the accessories in the dashboard would surely be an upgrade, maybe even including a back-up camera or navigational system! But the blessing was that Toyota Highlanders seem to hold their value and have a good resale. So, we had planned to trade the car in, which would, of course, help us purchase a car that was a newer/better model.
When most people shop for a car, they’re looking for the real deal – something that will be dependable and road-worthy. However, if I’ve learned anything, I have come to understand the importance of buying one that has good resale value (I’m a typical girl-y girl who usually goes for what looks good! I’m learning!!). Resale is really important in the long-run. If others want what you own, it will profit you and them!
That is also true in the life of a genuine Christian – a person who has put their complete trust in the cross-work of Christ on behalf of their sins. A Christian should be like a “New model” of the “old” sinner they were. Like that old car, they have gotten an upgrade! Old things are passed away and all things are become new!
People will look at that kind of Christian and want what they have because:
- They don’t do the things they used to do. Their motivation is eternal rather than temporal. Their longing is for a heavenly reward, rather than the praise of men.
- They don’t grind away at their job, complaining and grunting their way through their day! They work hard. They serve others with a smile and a sweet spirit.
- They have purpose now – they’re living with the Holy Spirit of God inside them, and longing to be more like their Savior every day they live!
- They’re constantly being changed by the conviction of the Spirit of God. Though they fall, they will rise up and keep going, with God’s help.
- Their life has purpose and meaning. Even though the tears may fall in times of trial, they have an inner peace, because they know the One Who is triumphant over sin, death and the grave.
A true believer who lives out the Christian life makes others want what they have!
Does that describe you? Can the world tell the difference between you and an unsaved person? There are many Christians “on the lot” that are just your standard, no-frills-added believers. They “got saved one day” but they:
- Don’t tell others about Jesus, or about their own salvation.
- Don’t live out the Gospel in their every day life.
They fail to ~
- Love people – especially the “hard to love”
- Forgive those who hurt them
- Serve as Christ did
- Don’t separate from the world.
- They do what everyone else does.
- They succumb to peer pressures and the World’s philosophy.
- They look and act like everyone else.
- This doesn’t mean you have to wear culottes and tennis shoes! Nor does it mean you can be careless about necklines and hemlines.
- If the world says ballgames are on Sunday, they go! If teams have practice on Sunday, they practice. If they’re too tired to attend services, they listen to their flesh instead of depending on the Spirit to help them.
- Their lives look just like everyone else on their street.
Friends, I’m not talking about us being perfect Christians any more than I think we’ll ever find a perfect car. But what I’m begging us to consider is, Do others want our life as a Christian because they see its value, its power, and its transforming work going on in our lives every day of the week?
It’s time for each of us to be the best model of a Christian so that others will look at us and know that what we have is what their empty hearts need, too! Let’s live up to the precious resale value that we truly possess!
How are you living out your Christian life today in a way that makes it desirable to others?