There once was a dapper, little car who loved being a cab. His name was Taxi.
His purpose in life was to serve. He loved to help others get where they needed to go and to carry their baggage. No matter who they were, he always made them feel welcomed.
A happy, little car, Taxi chugged along with all his parts running smoothly. Unfortunately, he never followed the advice in the owner’s manual regarding routine maintenance inspection.
One day, Taxi began to feel sickly as his engine wasn’t performing at full capacity. He sputtered and started to cough.
Soon afterward, his bumper fell off and some of his other parts began to malfunction. His windshield wipers wouldn’t clear away the rain when the storms came.
A terrible exhaust odor developed. As one of his belts was wearing out, he could no longer steer accurately. And the engine started knocking as deposits built up.
Then, other signs began to appear. He felt sluggish as his energy level dropped off and he began to lose power. His gas mileage decreased and his tire pressure went down.
Before long, Taxi’s engine kept stalling and he couldn’t keep up with the traffic. He became sad and defeated because he could no longer carry anyone.
All these malfunctions crippled his purpose for living. He had to be towed in.
Others stood around him, shaking their heads. Poor Taxi was all out of sync. There was no unity, no wholeness, to his parts.
Finally, the repairman decided to take Taxi apart to fix all that was wrong, weakening him in the process to make him stronger.
All the while the repairman worked, he talked to Taxi. He reminded Taxi…
*that the manufacturer’s service handbook stated regular maintenance is essential.
*that keeping himself tuned was the best way to keep running for maximum performance.
*that if he waited too long to change his oil, a harmful sludge would buildup and interfere with his prime performance.
*that each of his parts had a specific function for overall working, playing an important role in keeping Taxi running smoothly.
*to keep himself clean inside and out.
*that he cannot run properly if his parts are malfunctioning.
*to change washer blades in order to see properly in storms.
*that without the proper maintenance, inevitable damage will occur.
*to listen for odd noises and turn off all other noises to be able to listen.
*to always make sure his brakes worked properly. If not, a potentially dangerous impact could occur.
And lastly, the repairman told Taxi…
*stay in your lane and don’t cross the line.
*don’t be discouraged with wear and tear.
*be proactive to protect yourself or you will pay for it later.
Not only is this a story of how we, as believers, function together in the body of Christ, but more importantly, it is a story of how we function spiritually within ourselves.
*Do we heed the advice in the owner’s manual?
*Do we welcome others and help them carry their burdens?
*Do we cut out all the noise of the world in order to listen to the Lord’s whispers?
*Do we allow God to be our Repairman to fix all that was wrong, though He may weaken us in the process to make us stronger in the end?
*Do we keep our hearts oiled to keep them running smoothly, or do we allow harmful sludge to buildup and interfere with our prime performance?
Are you running smoothly?
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