Car Washing Theology

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God is a great car washer.

Ok, rewind.

The other day I was scrubbing away bug carcasses from the front of my car. I was frustrated because some spots would not come off, and as I rinsed off my car I saw bug spots that I had missed (I can be pretty OCD with this car-washing stuff). However, after the fact I had a nagging thought:

Our lives are like cars. What kind are you? Maybe you’re a Prius or an Excursion. I’m not too sure.

We are like cars each day. We’re ‘driving around’, going our various ways. Some people like to fool around, going in reverse or doing donuts (perhaps you prefer the proper spelling, “doughnut”?) on the same, old roads. Other people move forward each day, some more than others.

But because of our sinful condition, our ‘car’ gets dirty quite often. It holds us back and can really hinder our maximum performance (and look, of course).

So here’s a question for you: Who is driving your car?

The driver has a lot of responsibilities. Keeping the car safe, avoiding wrecks, taking care of it, and the list goes on. Washing the car stands out to me, though.

It’s a lot like sanctification.

If our sin is all the dirt and grime, it’s Christ’s death that covered us with a new coat of paint, and it’s sanctification that cleans off all the dirty stuff so we can be ready to tackle what the driver would have us do each day. I know what you might be thinking – couldn’t we switch car-washing with a mechanical check-up? Yes… Buuuut we’re going to stick with car-washing… Anyway this whole thing reminds me of the classic verse:

Isaiah 1:18 – “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”

The problem is that we tend to want to be the driver and the car at the same time. But when we try to save and sanctify ourselves, it usually gets all backwards. We try to fix ourselves usually by means of behavior modification. Have you ever washed a car by hand? You’ve probably noticed how as you try to scrub out all the bugs off the front, all the soap or dirty water on the back of the car gets hard and crusty. It’s the same thing with behavior modification — when we work so hard on getting one thing right, we often neglect the other issues we face. This is where Satan gets his foot in the door in another corner of our lives.

That’s why we should let God be the driver. If He made us white as snow in the first place, we should rest in the Holy Spirit to guide us all the time. I personally think this is what the real meaning of, “let go and let God” means.

The point is that if we are the car, we should just endeavor to do as our Driver wishes. He knows what He is doing with us, and when He washes us, sanctifies us, He never misses a spot. Nothing is beyond His sight or power.

Isaiah 40:28 – “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.”

In all reality, don’t forget to wash your car!

Who is driving your ‘car’? Do you wash your car by hand, or do you go through a machine washer??

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