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Spiritual lessons from my 1st car

Doug Boock

My first car was 10 years old when I got it. A 1968 Oldsmobile 88. It had been my great uncle's.

It was a family car, pea green in color, had four doors and not a speck of sportiness.

Not cool for a high school kid.

Still, I liked that car.  It gave me something I didn't have otherwise – wheels . . . very important when you're 16.

In time, though, my perspective changed. I wanted something sportier. That was important when driving into the high school parking lot or picking up a date.

Eventually, I found it: a 1977 Chevrolet short-bed pickup. It was just two years old and had chrome side rails and custom wheels. It was cool.

There's a biblical lesson of sorts in this (trust me!). What I found was that I could exchange something good – my first transportation provider – for something even better.  

The same works for those who make a spiritual trade – for those who trade in their own way of righteousness for God's way. One's infinitely better than the other.

When Moses received the moral law from God, the Bible says the law was "glorious." Its high standards gave people a glimpse of the infinitely high level of God's nature and character.

But the law has a problem: It can't save people from their sin. It can only let them know sin’s in their life. That's what Romans 3:20 says: ". . . because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin."

So, the Bible says we need to make a trade: We trade our desires to try to earn God's forgiveness by simply being good, for the only thing that works – forgiveness God offers through Jesus Christ.

It's exchanging one "good" thing for something far, far better – in fact, the only thing that brings salvation.

Hebrews 7:19 puts it this way: "For the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God."

Romans 8:3 adds: "For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son . . ."