(09.10.21– Rebirth –Titus 3:1-8)
My friend, may I ask you a question? When it comes to our rebirth as Christians, our spiritual repair, so to speak, is there no substitute for the work of the Holy Spirit?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I'm M. Clifford Brunner.
I'm pretty handy with a wrench and a crowbar. Over the years I've found that many things may be accomplished with the right amount of torque and the necessary persistence of leverage. If you have ever removed an old exhaust system from a car, you know what I mean. It takes a willingness to risk the result and a whole lot of elbow grease to make it happen. Unfortunately, however universal a wrench and a crowbar might be, they aren't always the right, tool for every automotive project. There are times when the application of brute force just isn't the ticket.
Here's a story: A number of years ago I was driving home from work and I heard a terrible grinding sound from under my car. I pulled over to inspect the engine but could find nothing wrong. However, upon further driving, the noise became even louder. Later that evening I put the car on the ramps and discovered lubricant leaking from the gearbox. My heart sank and I put my wrench and crowbar away. This was a job for a real mechanic as it obviously involved the intricate gears, small pins and bearings in the gearbox. I had the car towed to an old time mechanic who had worked on the car before. After the initial bull-work was done and the gearbox lay open, he put away the big tools, and rolled his big red toolbox under the car. As he opened the first drawer I could see, neatly laid out in rows, intricate little tweezers and picks. I'll never forget the next few hours. Despite the fact that his hands bore numerous nicks and scars of countless repairs, he worked deftly, gently pulling away worn gaskets no bigger than a thumbnail and popping out bearings and seals with surgical skill. I walked away with a new appreciation for the "fine" art of auto mechanics and the realization that certain auto repair jobs required the expert hands of a skilled mechanic with the right tools at his beck and call.
When it comes to our rebirth as Christians, our spiritual repair, so to speak, there is also no substitute for the work of the Holy Spirit. We are born of the world and can’t by ourselves escape the inevitable fixing that is necessary for us to be repaired from it. That requires an expert possessed of expert tools. Oh we can tinker and dabble in maintaining an overall good life, but when it comes to the intricate repairs that are necessary to keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, that's where our tinkering can only lead to major spiritual repair bills. I guess when it comes to our rebirth as Christians, there is no substitute for the expert care and specialized tools possessed of God’s Holy Spirit. We walk away refreshed, renewed and daily repaired. It’s something that we just can’t do on our own. We need the expert in spiritual repair, that greatest of all spiritual mechanics, the Holy Spirit of God.
We pray. Heavenly Father, when it comes to the intricate repairs that are necessary to keep our hearts and minds in You O Lord, our tinkering can only lead to major spiritual repair bills. Please forgive us. When it comes to our rebirth as Christians, we know that there is no substitute for the expert care and specialized tools Your Holy Spirit has. We always walk away refreshed, renewed and repaired. Something that we just can’t do on our own. We need Your spiritual repair, from that greatest of all spiritual mechanics, Your Holy Spirit. 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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