I had the opportunity to attend Petty’s Garage Spring Fling on Saturday. It was a big car show that drew people from many states all around, some as far as Minnesota. It was the car lover’s dream. Most of the cars were late model Fords, Dodges, and Chevys that had been enhanced with performance kits. Cars that had come off the assembly line already hot and quick had been raised to a whole new level of speed and great looks. It wasn’t just the newer cars that turned heads. There was a 1934 custom Ford pickup truck, a 1964 Barracuda, and many other older hot rods that had us older gentlemen thinking of times past. It was an awesome view of what time, money, and knowledge can do when people set their mind to a task at hand.
The award ceremony ended and Joe and I found ourselves near the exit. WOW! As the participants were ready to make a grand escape from the scorching heat, they started to pack up their stuff to leave. Joe and I knew we were going to see and hear some amazing burn outs. We stood leaning against the fence as we heard the hot rods crank and then rev their engines. It was as if the cars talked to each other. One would rev their engine and another would answer, only to be joined by others. It sounded like music to our ears as we stood there like two young school boys waiting with excitement.
Here they come! Our anticipation was quickly dampened though. Car after car pulled to the end of the drive way, looked both ways, and just eased out at idle. What a disappointment. All that power under the hood not used. All the looks, all the sound, yet no power exhibited. A few did burn out but most by far never put the pedal to the metal. Joe and I couldn’t help but to see a spiritual application to what we were witnessing.
1 Corinthians 4:20
For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.
Power! A life in Christ is one of victory and power, not defeat and down heartiness. So many Christians resemble the cars at the show. They look good. A lot of time and money has been invested to make the cars a show piece. They sound good. They rev the voices and have all the right words. Yet, when it’s time for the rubber to meet the road, they idle down the road, never using the power that is available to them.
Let me to encourage you to not only learn of the strength of the Lord, but to walk in His power as well.
2 Timothy 3:5 speaks of having a form of godliness but denying His power. Don’t be like the cars at the show. Don’t play the part of a Christian with looks and talk, rather walk in His power and put the pedal to the metal. Not for show, but to use the power that our Lord has given to show a watching world a loving and powerful God.