Imagine that God has the most extensive, beautiful classic car collection to ever exist. Imagine everything from Bugatti to Ferrari, Alfa Romeo to Rolls Royce, Plymouth to Porsche, Chevrolet to Mercedes-Benz. You get the picture. He’s got it all; from the most common to the least common, American muscle to Italian sports cars.
Imagine that you are a classic car in God’s eyes. I know if I was able to choose which car, I’d be a 1966 Shelby GT350; sapphire blue with white racing stripes. What car would you be? Now, imagine that you are the classic car of your dreams but need a complete restoration. New engine, upholstery, paint job, wheels, undercarriage, etc. You need it all rebuilt and restored in order for God to add you to His collection.
The exterior of the car represents our physical lives, while the interior represents our spiritual lives. We work constantly and consistently on the body of the car, making it appealing to everyone who comes in contact with it. We want people to worship this car, to drool when they lay their eyes on it. However, while we are so focused on the exterior, we run out of money to continue the restoration process and in doing so, we leave the interior to rot. From a distance, the car looks beautiful, but when you get close enough to it, it is easy to see that the interior has been neglected. It also becomes easy to see who has used the manual and who has avoided direction.
Outward Appearance vs. Internal Character
Come back to reality with me now. This is how we live our lives! We are so focused on our outward appearance, our jobs, our cars, our homes, and our friends’ opinions that we lose sight of what is important. We lose sight of the urgency to present ourselves as holy and pleasing to God. We stop using the manual, God’s Word, and focus on what the world wants from us. We lack direction in our lives and it becomes readily apparent that we are lacking in our spiritual lives. We let our interior, our spiritual relationship with God, rot. We become entangled with the focus of “our creation” of ourselves and lose communication with the Creator. I asked the question, ‘What car would you be?’ It may have taken you a moment to decide, but I’m sure that you made a choice. Now I ask you, who would God have you be?
Please read Romans 12:1-3
God calls us to be obedient to Him, not to the ways of this world. We are called to be followers of Christ. We are called to put everything aside and entrust Him with our lives. We are to be justified and sanctified. We are to put our energy into doing the work of the kingdom. God wants us to be confident in ourselves, but not arrogant. We must remember that with God all things are possible, and without Him, we fail miserably and fall short repeatedly. Praise God that His grace is sufficient.
See 1 Peter 1:14
Webster’s dictionary definition of conform is this:
1 : to be similar or identical; also : to be in agreement or harmony —
2: a : to be obedient or compliant —
b : to act in accordance with prevailing standards or customs
I don’t know about you, but to me, that sounds pretty serious. To be in agreement, or harmony with this world, is not something I strive to achieve. To be obedient or compliant to the evil desires that I had before Christ’s saving grace took hold of my life, is not a place I ever want to return to. I don’t want the darkness to come back into my soul, I want to be a light source. Praise God that He has the power to renew us!