The engine of self
How is this for a metaphor? We are, each of us, an incredibly complex engine. We have many moving parts, whole sections of us are devoted to various functions which combine to give us enormous power.
Many of us are also broken engines. Various parts and bits have been damaged. In some of us, whole functions have become disconnected from the rest of the engine. Imagine if your car’s engine was missing its radiator and cooling system? How long could it run well? Or if half the spark plug wires were corroded?
Humanity, to me, is like this engine. We all have enormous potential. We can be hugely creative actors on our environment. Our limitations come in two forms. There are the design limitations imposed on us by our Creator. A good race car engine sucks when you try to put it into a John Deere. The other is self or damage imposed. We often put governors on ourselves, even if we are otherwise in tune.
If we can overcome all these obstacles, in tune, in good repair, without governors and utilized for the appropriate task for which we were designed, there is one final hurdle. We need fuel. That fuel, the one we are designed to run on, is the Holy Spirit. It’s not that we cannot use other fuels to get some utilization out of ourselves. We can. But those other fuels leave deposits and burn too hot and so damage us. We were designed to run on the Holy Spirit. And, if we do, He will also insure we stay in tune and that repairs are made and that we are put to proper use.
Try it sometime…