God's Most Valuable Possession
by Rick Rupe
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Do you remember 57 Chevy’s going down the street? Do you recall an event or a relationship that wraps around a special car? Do you get nostalgic and inspired, and for an instant are you young again as you flash back to those earlier days of fun and naïve discovery?
You may own such a classic car, and if not imagine for a moment that you do. What an opportunity and privilege it would be for you and others to touch the precious slice of the past. And a few select friends may be offered the honor to “cruise” only after promising to be careful and respectful.
A 65 Mustang is my choice because: first, a double date to see the “Beatles” at the Cleveland Indians stadium. The ride in that Mustang convertible was more memorable than the concert; and second, a year of fun and pride in a Marine Captain’s 65 Mustang coupe while he was deployed to an airstrip in Japan leaving me, his younger brother, in charge of his car. Oh what a year, and I still get teased, but remain grateful to my brother’s trust rather than storage, which would have been far less damaging to the car.
I’d show-off the car, but just on sunny days mind you, never would a drop of rain or snow hit that hood. The car would inspire everyone to remember and to feel the old juices of youth. Ownership would not, however, be without interference from nibby friends, relatives, and neighbors. Eventually they’d notice the time spent with the car and say, “That car controls him!” I can just hear the kidding over kitchen coffee as to “who owns whom.”
In reality I have and many others do become obsessed, with hobbies or precious material possessions, to the point of exclusion, detachment, and in some cases complete isolation of dearly loved friends and family. True worth must always be put into perspective. It is true that the owner found, cares for, and maintains the collectable, however without someone to share with, it is hollow and selfish. Remember that all material objects at one time were someone’s creative expression, and that very same original inspiration is now the present owners to also share.
Making the analogy of “collector and antique”, to our “Creator and His created” helps to put “higher value” and “who owns whom.” into perspective. The Spirit of God is not something to be conjured up and possessed secretly as we live our lives. We often just want to be left alone to do what ever we feel like doing, however when things go wrong we go back to God for help and support. When all is clear we return to our selfish ways, and so it goes year after year, throughout our lives. Just who owns whom, and what is the proper perspective for a true believer in God with the Holy Spirit alive within?
We believe God created everything and only because of our Heavenly Father is there life, and only through His Holy Spirit do we know any of life’s true value, joy, or personal success. We humbly recognize ourselves as important parts of Creation, although we sometimes feel insignificant. We pray to be with God throughout eternity, knowing that our physical bodies wither but our Spirits will forever be alive with God.
What God created no man can possess, keep secret, or destroy. It is within God’s power and ownership to do with the creature what he wills. As His created, God requires our steadfast faith and cooperation. We need to live through His Spirit not to merely collect and enjoy God like an antique that we are proud of as we honor family traditions such as Sunday drives to church in the old Mustang. We need to be secure in the knowledge that God completely owns us every second of every day for eternity.
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