To Become a Car, Stand in a Garage?

“A DAY IN THE LIFE”—the cover story in the current issue of Time magazine, tries to profile the “average American,” based on statistical averages.

Near the end of the second paragraph is this interesting sentence:

“The vast majority of Americans believe in God, and more than 90% own a Bible, but only half can name a single Gospel, and 10% think Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife.”

Unlike, say, air freshener, from which you can benefit simply by being in the same room, just being in the vicinity of a Bible clearly doesn’t result in any transfer of the contents.

  • So 90 percent of Americans own a Bible, but only half can name a single Gospel? It appears that expecting to become spiritual by osmosis or proximity is a forlorn hope.
  • And kindergarten-to-university Christian education doesn’t guarantee spirituality, either. Neither does being involved in full-time Christian service—whether as a pastor, church administrator, or teacher.
  • Even the 12 disciples, after “hanging out” with Jesus for three years, still had huge gaps in their spiritual understanding—until Pentecost, when Jesus moved from being with them to being in them.
  • A truism: Food in the cupboard or fridge provides no energy—and never becomes a part of thee—until thou findest a way to get it on the inside of thyself.
  • Early twentieth-century American evangelist Billy Sunday once said: “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, any more than going to a garage makes you a car.” (He shoots…he scores!)

Only when the Bible moves from the outside to the inside does it bring spiritual change. Only when Jesus moves from the outside to the inside does He transform lives.

Real change truly IS an inside job.


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