I own a 1967 Pontiac Firebird. ’67 is the first year they ever made a Firebird. This car fully restored and in mint condition is very valuable. It could be worth well over $20,000. Of course, mine’s not. You see it is not in very good shape. It has not been driven in at least 10 years. It was not in the greatest of shape even then. Now, for the last 10 years it has just sat there on my driveway deteriorating. Not only has it been unused but it has also been uncared for. Not being covered, the salty Southeast Texas air has been hard on a body that was in desperate need of a paint job already. The sun has destroyed the interior. I have been out maybe once in the last 10 years and spent a day working on the car just to get it started and let it run a few minutes. Truthfully I couldn’t move it now even if I did get it started. A couple of the tires are flat and have been flat so long that they have broken where the car has sat on them. The car sits on my driveway in a place where I see it everyday. Coming and going. As soon as I open the door to leave my house I see it, and whenever I pull in my driveway it is there before my eyes. It’s dilapidated condition always reminds me of how I need to give it some attention before it is too late. You know, fixing up an old car takes a lot of time and money. Pastoring a church and having three kids it seems there is always something more pressing for my time and more important for my money. There is always a reason to let it go just one more month. So there it sits, unused, run down, uncared for, and useless.
It occurred to me the other day that our faith can become just like that ’67 Firebird. We just let it sit there, never using it or caring for it. Our faith and walk with God is really the most valuable thing we have. Peter tell us that our faith is “… more precious than gold…” (1 Peter 1:7). So why would we let something so valuable go uncared for? Why would we never pray so that our relationship with God can be strengthened? Now, I’m not talking about the “Facebook Circle of Prayer.” I’m talking about really taking the time to put everything else in life aside and get alone with God and His Word to seek Him and reach out to Him. Why do we let the opportunities we have to build up and increase our faith through the Word of God just pass away without taking advantage of them? (Romans 10:17). There are so many reasons. You see, I want to spend the weekend with my kids or family at the lake, beach, or deer lease. They won’t be here long you know. Sunday is the only day I have to rest and catch up on the things I need to do at the house. Truthfully I am just so drained. There is so much going on in my life, sometimes I just need to be alone. My child just loves this sport so much and they hope to play in college so I need to travel with them all over the country every weekend so they can play and all my extra money goes towards their improvement. Actually, you can just fill in here with whatever your reasons for letting your faith become run down and useless. We have what I now refer to as a “ ’67 faith” The truth is, the most important and most valuable part of our lives can receive the least amount of attention from us. Our spiritual lives and the building of our faith takes work. It takes effort and vigilance. It’s time we put the excuses aside fought for it! It’s time to restore this treasure that is just sitting there. It’s time to let our friends and neighbors see how wonderful a vibrant faith really is.
Oh, by the way, do you know what the difference is between an unused, run down ’67 Firebird and an unused, run down faith? There are people who actually want my Firebird! Think about it!