Friday, July 18, 2008

How to start a car


When my best friend and I were almost 16, we both signed up for driver's ed at the local Sears store. We liked the in-car driving practice but were pretty bored during the in-class modules. As you can imagine, the teacher had to explain everything, not knowing their knowledge or experience. For instance, in one video, the instructor told us how to insert the key into the ignition and start the car. We both fell asleep.

That story came to mind this morning as I was preparing the Bible lesson for my junior high Sunday School class. After referring to 1 John 4:4, the teacher's manual had this to say:
If you are a Christian, the One who is in you (the Holy Spirit) is greater or more powerful than the one who is in the world (the devil). ... [He] makes us able to have a lifestyle—language, activities, and other choices—that are consistent with our claim to be children of God (John 1:12). ... But just as the power under the hood of the car will do no good unless you know how to start the engine, so too, the power of the Holy Spirit will do you little good if you never depend upon Him to change your life.

Spending Time With God: Young Teen Teaching Guide Summer 2008 edited by Amy Beth Reyes, (Colorado Springs: Accent Publications, 2008), 39.
For a gearhead like myself, that immediately caught my attention.


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