On our last road trip we saw four accidents complete with emergency vehicles, highway patrolmen, and rubberneckers. In at least two of those incidents it appeared to this rubbernecker that the vehicles involved were likely to be totaled. They soon would be branded with a salvaged title.
These salvaged vehicles can occasionally be repaired. In the hands of a capable mechanic and body shop these cars can be salvaged. After a thorough inspection, these vehicles can receive a rebuilt title. They can be driven and sold, yet with a perpetual branded title. A vehicle that was ruined is given a new life.
Sin is like a devastating car accident. People are born good (Matthew 18:3). But at some point while traveling down the road, sin entices and we crash. James tells us that “each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death” (James 1:14, 15).
Sin enslaves, destroys, and kills.
Sin is so devastating because it removes us from the source of love and life. Sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2). Disconnected from the creator of life, we become broken.
But just as those totaled cars can be salvaged, so can we.
In reenacting the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ through baptism, we who were dead in our trespasses and sins, are made alive by God, who saves us from all our sins (Colossians 2:12, 13).
God takes that which is damaged and restores it to a new life.
Just as these repaired vehicles carry with them a new name, so also do those given new life in Jesus. “Christian” is the name God gave to the disciples (Acts 11:26), and it is a name that we should wear without shame (1 Peter 4:16).
Do you have a rebuilt life? Glorify God in it! Walk in the light (1 John 1:7), run with endurance (Hebrews 12:2), press on toward the goal (Philippians 3:14), and finish the course (2 Timothy 4:7).