There was a man that owned a very nice car. This car was fully loaded and built to his specifications. It was a one-of-a-kind car that had everyone’s head turning. With such a car, this man felt compelled to keep it clean and detail it on a regular basis.
Even though he tried to keep the car clean (rain or shine), he found little problems with the car. Many of the problems were not major, but cosmetic issues that seemed to irk him – which kept him a bit humble. In time, the Lord shared with the man that he was like the car in many ways:
1. Outward Appearances. Many times he dresses himself to present a certain ‘image’ to those passing by, but a detailed view into his life would reveal some not-so-evident flaws that would definitely keep him humble. The man understood that just as his car is ‘flawed’ so is his life in certain areas. The flaws on the car can be fixed with some additional detail just as his life can be renewed through Jesus.
2. Cleaning Up. The man would clean his car for hours at a time. Just as he cleaned his car, such attention should be given to cleaning his life before man and God.
3. Glorification. Nice looking cars gather attention. Just as the car receives attention, the Lord wants the attention drawn to Him. He wants people that pass by to see the man’s life and good works and bring glory to Him. So many times the attention the man receives is for himself (and the car), but he must strive to ensure God receives glory from his life.
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