Life Insights: God is not a Spare Tire

In America, we are likely the most comfortable people in the world and in world history.  We have everything a person could imagine and most of us have access to sufficient resources to have our needs covered. We are like the Church of Laodicea. In Revelation 3, Jesus speaks to the Laodicean Church,

16 “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.17 “Because you say, `I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’– and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked–18 “I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.19 “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.(Rev 3:16-20 NKJ)

They were interested in religion, but did not seek a relationship with Jesus Christ.  They went to church, sang songs, learned about God from Scripture, but did not care about intimacy with Jesus Christ. They were well off in life and really did not have any tangible needs. Yet, Jesus said they were “wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.” Now if Jesus made that kind of comment, He was not joking, making fun of them and being light-hearted. Instead Jesus told them what they need to do in verses 18-20. 

Friends, it often happens that we are comfortable and “do not really need God.” We go through the motions of church, singing and even studying God’s Word.  Yet, do we really depend on the Lord Jesus Christ.  Is He a spare tire, so that if we have a “flat” in life, we pull over, call to Him for a tire change and then move on with life (without Him)?

God is not a spare tire.  God’s Spirit must be your steering wheel and you must sit in the passenger seat depending on the Lord Jesus to drive you in God’s plan and purpose.  Be utterly dependent on Him and you’ll never veer to the right or the left. 


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