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Belching black smoke and periodically back-firing, the old jalopy rattled down the road. The owner had driven this car for many years, but it was thoroughly worn-out. People were beginning to shake their heads in derision when he drove by; he was a blight to the road. The paint was peeling, the body was full of dents; the car looked like a wounded survivor of a demolition derby. Flat tires were an almost weekly routine. And talk about uncomfortable: the springs poked through the seats and the wind poured through the cracks in the windows.
Not wanting to let it get scratched or worn-out, the proud owner parked the Jaguar in the garage and determined to use it only on special occasions. He would back it out each Sunday morning and drive it to church. There he would testify about the benevolence of the Benefactor, and praise the features of his new car. Everyone was invited to look at the car which was on exhibit and inspect its intricate details. Then the owner returned the Jaguar to the garage.
The Benefactor arrived one
day to question the recipient of his gift. "I gave you a
new Jaguar. Why do you insist on driving that old jalopy? Why
don"t you tow that jalopy off to the auto-graveyard and
let it die? It has no antique value and needs simply to be junked
and scrapped. It is time that you begin to enjoy your new car!"
Christians have "put
off the old man" and "put on the new man" (Ephesians
4:22,24; Colossians 3:9,10). "If any man is in Christ, he
is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things
have come" (II Corinthians 5:17). If that be true for us,
let us recognize that "we have this treasure in earthen
vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of
God and not of ourselves" (II Corinthians 4:7).