In 1992 we bought our first mini van.
I was so proud. Talk about pride in ownership. We had wanted one for years. The perfect family machine. Amy and I had this dream of driving the boys on long vacations a la the Griswold’s. We would see America with that mini-van. I could just envision us going down highway 1 in California singing praise choruses.
I washed it every week. Waxed it. Armor All, the whole bit. I kept it shiny.
Then we added two more children. Spills. Miles. Scratches and dents. With the third and fourth son, the “New” smell was gone. I hesitate to think of how many times it was thrown up in.
Jeff Foxworthy says “you might be a redneck if you clean out your mini van and find enough food to make a happy meal.” If that’s true then I am surely a red neck. Our van probably had several value meals. No matter how much I protested they put all sorts of nasty things in the cup holders. It drove me to distraction.
I started using it for things it wasn’t made to do, like hauling lumber and sand. One time I filled the entire rear end of the mini van with a half of cord of fire wood. You know, the springs just weren’t the same after that.
The weekly scrubbing virtually ended. That spotless new ride wasn’t spotless any more. The engine started smoking. I knew that my time with the Voyager was done. I went to trade it in 1998 and they offered me 500 bucks.
In some ways our relationship with God is like my mini-van. Starts fresh. Really appreciate it. But as the dents come and the paint fades our maintenance schedule begins to falter. In time, it’s easy to forget both who we are in Christ and the great benefit He has given to us. We take His grace for granted and start to use this glorious spiritual temple for things it was never intended to do.
Maybe you’ve been doing that. I came across a verse I wanted to share with you this morning.
1 Corinthians 6: 9 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.