We love because God first loved us. If someone says he loves God, but hates
his brother, he is a liar. For he cannot love God, whom he has not seen, if he
does not love his brother, whom he has seen.
1 John 4:19,20
When I was in high school, I went to a junk yard and bought a 1946
Chevy panel truck. It was a mess – didn’t run, but it looked pretty
good. I mean, the body wasn’t rusted and dented. I could do
something with this! I worked on that old truck for months. Never did
get it going. It took a lot more than I had in me to get it fixed.
You see, what I saw in that old junk yard was the body. It looked good!
A little sanding and some nice paint, and it would really be something
to show off. The problem was, however, that the “guts” of the Chevy
were no good. I kept trying to patch them up – you know, new spark
plugs when new pistons were needed. New wires when new bearings
deep inside were needed. I was working on the surface stuff, and
missing the need to start at the beginning. I needed to rebuild that ol’
truck from the foundations up.
Have you found your journey of faith to be
like my journey with that truck? We focus
on superficial things. We work at being
“nice” people, we go to church. A new
foundation? What’s wrong with this one?
A new foundation.
Our old foundation was built in a way that we find
it so easy to focus on ourselves. We see everything from our
perspective. How is this going to affect me? But, a new foundation is
needed so we focus on God! No simple tune up – no jazzy paint job
will do it. Something serious is needed. Sacrifice. A sacrificial
attitude in life. An attitude where I love others, even the unlovable,
even above myself. Letting my self focus die out and make room for a
new way – a way where I think of myself last. A way where my love is
focused on others.
How can I take my focus off of myself as I journey on this