"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will." (NIV)
Last week, I went to the International Auto Show at the Columbus Convention Center. That’s probably one of the few places you can see all the latest cars in all shapes and sizes, makes and models in one place. As I wandered from GM to MOPAR, FORD, and VW, Sports models to Cross-overs, I tried to take it all in. I spent time squinting at manufacturing prices through tinted windows and even slipping into a few sports cars to get the feel of being behind the wheel.
In the hallway, before you enter the auto show itself, there were some older cars displayed that had been restored to their original condition. There was a red 1964 Corvair Spyder convertible that brought back a lot of memories. Even though I never owned one, I had certainly gone into a lot of Chevy showrooms to see one and take home some Corvair pamphlets. There was also a 1967 Pontiac GTO which was another dream car of mine. I thought about the new cars on the convention floor and wondered how long their newness would last? Was a restoration in their future? The truth is, I would prefer an older car which has been restored, than a brand new one right off the showroom floor. Why? There’s something in our nature that enjoys seeing old things being made new again. Whether it’s furniture or houses or cars, it’s very satisfying when we see it.
In our Lenten study, Restored, the author, Rev. Tom Berlin, is standing in a junk yard talking about how the cars ended up there. It was the end of the line for all the cars sitting there. All the cars in the yard were good for was spare parts. For example, I bought a new 1973 Chevy Vega and drove it for many years. I finally had to visit a junk yard to replace the hatch on the back of it because it had rusted out. Tom says the cars in the junk yard are there because of accidents or just wearing out. He compares them to the messes we find ourselves in.
God, as our creator, wants to restore us to the image of Jesus. Just as it takes years to restore a car to its original condition, so it may take a long time to become all God wants us to be. In the meantime, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Jesus Christ returns.” Philippians 1:6.
Next men’s breakfast: Saturday | April 15th | 8 a.m. Ma Maw’s Diner | Baltimore