This isn’t the post I intended on writing this week…but when God prompts I’ve learned to respond so here we go…
I’ve been driving my husband’s ginormous truck for the past week now, my grocery getter is out of commission for the time being.
Before I get to the point of this post let me tell you a few of the issues I have with this truck: first off, Nate has it all jacked up, so for a mama who never quite made it to five foot it’s not really ideal. Secondly the other day when I subbed for P.E. class I had driven the truck to work and it just so happens there’s a sticker placed perfectly in the center of the back glass of an AR rifle. My husband is an avid hunter, sorry PETA….anyway when I pulled up to the school I thought about how this sticker may be offensive, therefore I was slightly paranoid for the next few hours that the school principal might show up in the gym and interrogate me, thankfully nothing ever came of it.
…Now this next part I’m dishing out for free, for your entertainment and pleasure…on Wednesday I stopped at the bank and decided it’d be best for me to run inside rather than attempt the drive-thru for fear of wiping out the building (or the truck). As I was getting ready to leave the lobby, our banker greeted me and casually asked, “Can I watch you get back into that truck?” ….ummm great grief, are you kidding me?!! Thanks for making it even more awkward lady!!…
The other thing is that I’ve been trying to be very respectful of my husband’s property by leaving the seat controls alone, the steering wheel set in the place where he keeps it, and also working on self-control by avoiding fidgeting with his stereo…
But all of that changed yesterday…when I took a turn a little too wide into the opposite lane causing the oncoming driver to swerve just a bit.😬
“That’s it Mc, I’ve had it, I’m gonna drive this thing like I own it!” I said out-loud to myself and my daughter who was sitting in the passenger’s seat.
And with that, I proceeded to move the seat forward (so I no longer have to sit on the edge of it while getting choked out by the seatbelt), the steering wheel came down (so I can somewhat see over the top of it now), the mirrors got a dramatic adjustment, and the auxiliary cord was quickly plugged in and we were blaring Lauren Daigle in no time!! ***By the way Nate, your speakers sound much better than the Jeep’s…😉
Drive it like I own it!….
Those words drove through my mind as I traveled down the highway and considered how true this needs to be of our faith.
If we’re gonna be real about our faith, we need to be all in….there’s no in between. It’s called sold-out-for-Jesus kind of faith. Radical faith, some call it. And when we witness it or choose it for ourselves it’s a beautiful thing.
Drive it like you own it!
It’s the idea that when you’re in a church service during worship time and you feel led to lift your hands while singing praises to the Lord, you do it joyfully and without reservation, not anxious about what those behind you may think. (Psalm 63:4)
When you’re on lunch break and you pray for the blessing of your food, you’re not fearful what your co-workers might say, you do it anyway and with genuine thankfulness. (Acts 27:35)
…Owning our faith means we’re choosing Bible verses to memorize because we see the important need to do so…we memorize them for the sake of how they speak to our soul and resonate within us, not because our Pastor has told us to — but simply because we know how much scripture impacts us for the benefit of His divine glory. (Psalm 119:11)
Our faith has to be our own. We aren’t saved under our parent’s faith, nor our spouse’s…not even because we believe in the words of a powerful devotion or sermon. Good deeds can’t pave our way to salvation either…We’re saved by the grace, mercy, and our belief in a loving Jesus who paid the ultimate price for our sins when He went to the cross and was resurrected for God’s purpose.
The world’s ways of the flesh show an incredible difference to the way of the radical Christian; therefore someone who doesn’t believe in Christ or sits on the fence of what they believe, won’t value or respect the importance of radical faith, but rather they may mock it.
Those who truly follow Christ, on the other hand, understand that faith will be tested, trials will always be a part of life this side of Heaven, and yet trust in God is the only option — we choose it obediently and without hinderance, it may not look perfect but it involves a conscious effort.
The more we dig deep into our faith, the more we “drive it like we own it!”
Christianity is fueled by faith in an amazing Jesus — and the best part is, it certainly doesn’t take a big, jacked-up truck to drive it like we own it!
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