May I ask you a question? When we think that we are alone in a cause are become afflicted in such a way as to become a Lone Ranger, believing we‘re the only ones who care enough, who try as hard, or are left to do battle? Worse yet, do we see the cause may be lost without us?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
For years I drove rear-engine cars, all Chevrolet Corvairs. These cars, which first entered the automotive scene in 1960 and exited by 1969, were unconventional. With an air-cooled, rear engine, They were exceptional. There was no other car on the road, other than the Volkswagen, that had a trunk in the front and engine in the back. Additionally, there were few cars on the road that had air-cooled engines at all, at least none made in America. As years passed and a whole new generation of drivers emerged, few recognized or remembered the Corvair at all. I would drive around in mine and feel distinctive, somewhat the automobile hero in a way. I was keeping the rear engine, air-cooled movement alive. I felt singular and self-important; that is until I attended my first CORSA (Corvair Society of America) rally. There were literally hundreds of Corvairs at the rally. It wasn’t me keeping a movement alive, it was the thousands of people just like me who owned Chevrolet Corvairs who were. It was a team effort and CORSA led the way.
When we think we’re alone in a cause we can quickly become afflicted in such a way as to cause us to believe that we are the only ones who care enough, the only ones who try as hard, the only ones who are left to battle? Worse yet, we see ourselves as the one who must conquer or the cause may be lost?
Oswald Chambers writes. “The viewpoint to maintain is that we are here for one purpose only, viz., to be captives in the train of Christ’s triumphs. We are not in God’s showroom, we are here to exhibit one thing — the absolute captivity of our lives to Jesus Christ. How small the other points of view are — “I am standing alone battling for Jesus”; “I have to maintain the cause of Christ and hold this fort for Him.” Paul says — “I am in the train of a conqueror, and it does not matter what the difficulties are, I am always led in triumph.” (My Utmost for His Highest, October 22.)
The Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 2:14: “But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.” You and I are NOT alone in the struggle to bring the message of salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord. Scripture plainly tells us that we are not the lonely conquerors, we are not the only ones left to do the battling; we are not alone. Why? As I came to realize that there were thousands like me who kept the story of air-cooled rear engines alive, you and I as Christians need to realize that there are millions worldwide who are a part of the movement to preach the gospel to everyone who will listen. But, importantly, as CORSA holds Corvair owners together, Christ himself holds us together. He leads and we follow. We are not alone in the work, but he is alone in the victory. Truly he IS the only Lone Ranger!
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for making us captive to the will of Christ by the power of your Spirit. We are never alone in this fight because Jesus is our leader and he has captured others to fight with us. Forgive us Lord when we find ourselves thinking that unless we do the work, it won’t get done, losing our follower role and forgetting who we are. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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