For 30 years, the Ford F-Series has been America’s best-selling line of trucks. During that time, GM has been a major competitor, and there has been a market rivalry between the two companies. Chevy uses their latest ad campaign, “Our Country, Our Truck,” with background music by John Mellencamp and patriotic scenes, to tout the 2007 Silverado. They are hoping to put a dent in Ford’s lead. Somewhere back in the past, Chevy fans probably came up with a few acronyms for their nemesis. One is: Found On Road Dead. Another is: Fixed Or Repaired Daily. Both have spiritual implications.
Saul from Tarsus was on his way from Jerusalem to arrest Christians for their blasphemous way. On his expedition, he probably would have preferred riding a white bronco, but he was the econoline model of the day – a sure-footed biped. Although Saul was not looking for Jesus, Christ found him dead on the road to Damascus and made him alive. Saul was not looking for any illumination from the Savior, but illumined he was – first to the point of blindness; then to leading the charge to illuminate the Gentiles. It was part of God’s “My Country, My Vehicle” campaign.
Paul, like every other human being, was born dead to God, with a sinful nature inherited from Adam. When he received his new nature from Christ, he came to learn that both natures did battle within daily. That same truth applies to us. Sometimes, when the old nature rears its ugly head, we sin. It happens more than we like to admit, but our new nature recognizes and agrees with God that we have sinned and need cleansing. That’s something no dead-to-God sinner can do on his own. In those moments, Jesus reminds us the He is our advocate with the Father. That is a commonality that we share with every other Christian around the globe. We are fixed or repaired daily, making us viable vehicles He can use to expand the church worldwide. And each of us has a role to play in that mission.
Since the Holy Spirit lives inside each believer, we are more than a huge house. We are a huge home – a home for God. Did you ever think that God is living out of His car, with each of us a just cog in the vehicle, endowed by God with certain gifts we are to use to edify, or build up, the body of Christ? He did have a house, but the nation of Israel did not recognize the Model-J that God sent to them, so He left their house desolate and began building a living house with a few workers He made faithful. He doesn’t dwell in a building made by human hands anymore. He lives inside you and me, and we’re built by God for the long haul!
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And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
Ephesians 2:22 NIV
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