After a few text messages and phone calls, a new battery was installed. One turn of the ignition, and life began again.
As I backed down the driveway, I thought about my car without a battery. It looked great. It sat great. Nice tires. An engine under the hood. Plenty of gasoline. Plenty of oil. A beautiful piece of machinery, but totally useless for all intents and purposes.
Likewise, if Christians are to fulfill their purpose in life—to be the hands, the feet and the mouthpiece of God—looking good isn't enough. We have to have the Spirit of God under our hoods, filling us with power to go, and do, and speak. Without it, we are useless jars of clay, offering nothing of value to our sin-sick world.
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God."
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