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Guts to Get in the Car?

As Christians, are we willing to be used by the Holy Spirit?

I have spent significant time thinking about the Kingdom of Jesus Christ and my place in it. I turn seventy-one years old this summer and realize I am in the fourth quarter of my life. My wife and I have lived through the ups and downs of life. But, I have always claimed that the word retirement isn’t in the Bible. So I intend to continue to pursue seeing the Kingdom come and His will done until it’s my time to go or the Rapture catches me up to meet Him in the clouds.

I didn’t grow up in the church. My childhood was almost entirely devoid of anything related to Christianity or Religion. So, when I finally encountered the truth of who Jesus is, I ran to Him as fast as possible. I was in my twenties when this joyous relief happened. Since then, I have taken the Bible at face value, specifically Jesus’s words. Not having any preconceptions about being a Christian, I figured that when Jesus said I would do the same things He had done, I believed Him.

But one thing is absolutely true. I always thought my life would be exciting.

In the first Transformer film, one particular clip stood out to me. Shia LaBeouf, the lead character, tries to convince Megan Fox, the female romantic target, to accompany him on the adventure. At that moment it looks pretty scary. In this case, going along meant getting into a Car that they realized was alive and dangerous. LaBeouf says (paraphrasing), “50 years from now, don’t you want to say you had the guts to get in the Car!?!”

Guts to get in the Car!

How many times has God asked us that Question in our lives? I suggest that the question is valid every time you wake up.

Why? Because Christian existence is meant to be powerful. We have been given ALL authority in Heaven and on Earth, AND the Holy Spirit to empower us as we walk in that authority.

Unfortunately, Satan is very good at convincing us that we are all just as “normal” as the next person. That we all are insignificant in the eyes of the world, and especially God. Not so! We are the object and purpose of Christ’s sacrifice! He died so we could be reborn, renewed, and re-established in the Kingdom. Each one of us has a role to play in this great drama. But, we are not insignificant. We all are the Lead Role in God’s Eyes.

If God asks you this: “When I call you home, don’t you want to say you had the guts to get in the Car!?! Has He asked you this already? What was or should be your answer? 

Some of you who read this will likely say, “No Thanks, I like my life just the way it is; no Car for me!” Or, I don’t need to get in the Car to be a world-changer. I can do this my own way. Or, I’ve never heard Him say anything to me. Is that even possible?

His adventure is not a mild walk in the park; it is likely to be quite beyond anything your parents told you life would be like. And it actually could become something quite dangerous in some contexts, dangerous to Satan.

The picture at the top is from a trip I took with some great friends to climb Half Dome in Yosemite. I am afraid of heights. But, our coach challenged me — and talked me into– overcoming my fears. We spent most of the year leading up to the attempt by climbing various mountains in Northern California once a month. Our coach took us to some pretty precarious places to condition us for what was to come. Even then, when I got to the bottom of the cable and looked up, I did some serious soul searching. I realized if I didn’t do this, I would be ashamed of myself for the rest of time. I dearly wanted this adventure with my friends. So I said, “One step at a time. One hand over the other.” And, I made it there and back again. 

Was it dangerous? Absolutely! But, essential to my soul as a man. We were made to overcome. How does this apply to our lives as Christians? You were created in the image of the Living God who is in the business of changing lives and this world into His Kingdom. He is calling us to join Him in the adventure we were created for. He is calling us to be world-changers.

Lately, my pastor has been exhorting us to become world-changers in our spheres of influence. Like the first disciples, who became world-changers all the way to martyrdom. I know many of us have responded and are taking the steps to do just that. But I suggest that ONLY by getting in the Car and going on that wild ride will you or I experience the thrill of being a world-changer. We need the Holy Spirit’s foot on the pedal, hands on the shifter and steering wheel, or we will miss much of the joy of becoming everything God intended for us.

We end up potentially not fulfilling that prophetic destiny that God has for us. Of course, this looks different for everyone. My adventure might look crazy to someone else. Please understand me, you should be clear about who’s voice is asking you to get in the Car. This decision is dependent on discerning His voice and getting lots of confirmation from those you trust. 

But, this is how you align your life with the best that God has for you. I know, for one, that I don’t want to look back and be disappointed with the ride I took. So, who’s Car Are you going to get in? Yours or the Holy Spirit’s?

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AuthorDerek Hastings | BCWorldview.org 


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