When you were a child, did you ever sit in the front seat of a car and pretend you were driving?
My parents tell the story of a time when I was just three years old and my family went camping. Dad was setting up the camper, Mom was getting things situated around the site, and I decided to explore the park. I found a car with its door open and decided I wanted to drive like Dad. So, I climbed inside, put my hands on the big steering wheel and went who-knows-where in my three-year-old mind. When my parents realized that I was missing, they searched for nearly a half hour before they found me pretending to drive a stranger’s car. I didn’t go far, but that was not due to lack of wishing and steering!
I tell you this story simply to tell you a truth that applies to our relationship with God. The truth is this: God cannot steer a parked car!
Many times, we want God to guide and direct our lives into His blessings. We want Him to give us the answers that we’re searching for. We want Him to get us out of trouble and on the right path. We find ourselves praying for His will to be revealed to us. We ask Him to “steer the car” so-to-speak, but we fail first to take the car out of park!
So the question is, how can you put your spiritual life into drive?
The answer is simple: Get moving! Get involved! Get doing something to draw close to God!
You can decide to shift your spiritual life into gear in some very practical ways. You can get moving by going to church on Sunday, ready to hear the Lord speak into your life. You can also get moving spiritually by reading the Bible, attending a Bible study, and finding a way to serve others. These are all simple things you can do to put your spiritual life into gear and start moving.
The Bible promises that if you will do your part and put your spiritual life into gear – then God will do His part and direct, and guide, and steer you into paths of righteousness and the blessings that He wants to lead you into. Remember, you cannot stay where you are, and go with God at the same time. And if you continue to do what you’ve always done, you will continue to get what you’ve always got.
I believe that God has some big plans for you! I also believe that as believers get their “car out of park,” God has some exciting plans for His church as well!
I dare you to decide today to take some steps to get your spiritual life out of park and see where God will take you. If you will, I promise that He will empower you to become involved in life and find fulfillment in ways you never dreamed possible.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”
The writer is the pastor of the Sidney First Church of the Nazarene.