I turned 16 about one week before the start of my sophomore year of high school.  The summer leading up to that fateful day was a flurry of activities to prepare me for a major rite of passage:  getting my driver’s license!

In June I took driver’s education in summer school with Coach Shaffer.  A bit later, I passed a written exam and got my driver’s permit.  A couple of months later I located and purchased a great used car.  And then, on the morning of my birthday, I went to the DMV, took my driving test and secured my driver’s license!  

That afternoon I went home, got in my car, picked up a few friends and cruised around town.  It was one of those great “growing up” moments.

Now, imagine for a moment, though, that that afternoon went a little differently.  What if I took the class, got the permit, got the driver’s license, got the car, had places I wanted to go … but had no gas in the tank?  I’ll tell you what would have happened … I would have gone NO WHERE and the disappointment would have been written all over my face.

Now I share that story with you today because when it comes to the Christian life, all too often we:

  • Have a version of “Christian Ed” where we tell people WHAT they need to do to become a Christian.
  • Tell people things they need to permit (and avoid) as they live out their Christian life.
  • Talk about the vehicle of a new life in Christ that they get to “drive”
  • Encourage people to drive this new life with their friends 

However … many times in our conversations about Christianity, we do ALL THAT, but forget to talk about the fuel God has put in our tanks to actually power this life!  What a shame!  

This Sunday at Wildwood, we will be wrapping up our “New Normal” sermon series by looking at just one verse (Galatians 2:20) as we see the incredible fuel God puts in our tank, and the key to ignite it in our everyday lives.  I can’t wait to wrap up this series with you together this weekend.  Hope to see you in our 9:00, 10:15, or 11:30 service (in person and with classes for students, children, and adults), or 10:15 online in the stream (wildwoodchurch.org/live).  See you Sunday (and we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together)!!


P.S.  This week we are singing 3 of my favorite songs (“In Christ Alone,” “His Mercy is More,” and “Amazing Grace”), looking at one of my favorite passages of Scripture (Galatians 2:20), with my favorite congregation (that’s you),  focusing on the most amazing Savior (Jesus).  What a great weekend. Hope you may it in person or online!

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