Shiny Cars and Faded Lives

He came to consider buying my little recreational vehicle. We chatted a bit, because I like to know people that come to my home. He explained he went to races many times each year and had been taking his van. The more he talked, he revealed that his van was not just a van. It was a shiny thing inside and out — an immaculate gem that he had nurtured. The more he talked, the more he revealed how he kept cars, made them shiny, and invested precious time and money in their condition. My little van was more normal in the engine compartment with a little dust and grime here and there. The more he talked the more he revealed his worship of shiny cars and fast tracks. “Oh,” he said, “I am a committed Christian.” He explained an incident some time back how he had thrown a few dollars at a need.

It was one of those times when I knew I had witnessed a faded life in Christ. His time, energy, and devotion in other things had made his testimony hollow, and he did not know it. I was not the least bit interested in his buying my little recreational vehicle but very interested in where his life was going as it continued to fade. His cars were getting brighter, his trips were getting more frequent. I am rarely pointed with a stranger, but urged him to change his priorities. His quiet wife spoke softly in the background, “That is exactly what his pastor has been telling him.”

Oh, the things we chase after if we do not surrender our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ! God is quite particular in His Book about what is important and what is not. That is quite clear. Where we stand, however, is not always so clear. Our walk reveals out hearts.

Whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it.

Matthew 16:25

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