Christian / in the beginning / The Mapps Quest

That New Car Smell

Getting a new car can be exciting.. especially when it is your first!  What is the first thing you do when you buy a new car?  You go show your friends!  Being a new Christian is the same way.. you want to tell everyone you see why you feel like a new person. 

Sometimes it can be hard to describe.  Just like a car there are different parts to your new Christian mindset.  There is the part that wants to scream from the mountain tops that you have arrived!  Then there is the part that wants to hide in the corner because you feel like no one will accept you.

When you buy a new car, it comes with a manual.  The same is true of Christianity.  Without the Bible a person walking with Christ would be lost.  There is a reason that it is called the “Living Word.”  So.. let’s pretend that you are in the market for a new car, which is a relationship with Christ..and play a game:

Question & Answer Section:

Q: Where is the best place to buy a car? (where is the best place to go to become a Christian?)

A: The dealership, go directly to the source.  Ask the dealer for a car. (God, go directly to Him, ask Him for mercy and forgiveness)

Q: What do new cars cost? (what do I have to give up to be a Christian?)

A: Prices vary, but it is affordable. (Everyone will have a different experience.  You will need to repent of your sins, and ask Christ to be your savior, and to lead you thru this life.  You do not have to give up anything, you only have to gain a relationship with God.)

Q: How do I know which make and model to go with? (Should I be Baptist, Catholic, Mormon, non-denominational, etc.?)

A: Check the fine print.  Read up on the different types to make the best choice. (Check out the church.  What is their goal?  Do they read from the Bible during every sermon?  Do they talk about Christ? Are they afraid to talk about the hard topics like Revelations?)

Q: Once I have purchased the car I am done, right? (After I accept Christ into my life I can do whatever I want, right?)

A: No..your car will need regular maintenance, and you must read the manual to make sure you know everything. (Accepting Christ is just the beginning.  Regularly attending church can help you make sense of what you are reading in the Bible.  It is also a great way to meet others who share your beliefs, and believe me, you need those people around you.)

Q. I can use any kind of gasoline to make the car go, right? (As long as I am going to church on Sunday, I will be a getting all the info I need, right?)

A. No..your manual specifically explains what kind of gas to use. (It is important as a Christian to be mindful of what goes into your ears, and eyes.  Going to church will only get you so far.  The Bible tells us to be weary of hanging around people, or being around influences that can cause us to trip up in our walk with Christ.)

Q. What do I do if I get into an accident? (What should I do if I commit a sin, or someone close to me is hurting?)

A. Take the car back to the dealer.  They will fix it.  (Talk to God.  Ask God for forgiveness, and to help you learn from your mistakes, so you don’t make them again.  If someone around you needs help, the best thing you can do for them is to pray…to litterally talk to God.  All things are done for His purposes, and He has a plan for all of us.)

Q. When my car gets old, should I sell it? (Will I get bored, or tired of being a Christian?)

A. Hold on to it, some day it will be a classic that you can pass on to other generations! (If you can find some time every day to spend praying, or reading God’s word, you will not get weary.  It is a challenge to be a Christian, and even more so to keep up the daily walk to try to be more like Christ… but hang in there.  Some day you will be in Heaven, and what could be more awesome than the knowledge that you are forever saved?  Better yet, spend some time with the younger generation telling them how God has impacted your life…and tell them your testimony.  You never know what someone will remember from a conversation, that may be the turn around they needed for their salvation.)


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