License to Drive
This week my sixteen-year-old granddaughter finally past her driving test and got her license. She is so excited that on the third attempt she finally past.
As soon as she got the license she asked my husband when was he going to help her find a car. He told her he would see what he could do.
Her mother heard the conversation and said, "Hey, wait a minute I didn't get my own car for about a year after I got my license and then you didn't let me drive it anywhere but the end of the driveway."
I reminded my husband that was very true. When our daughter got her license we let her drive the car to the end of the long gravel drive every day to catch the bus to school. She left it parked there and in the afternoon when she got off the bus she drove it back home.
She often complained, every day actually, that there was no point in having the license because she never used it. Even though she had been given a license to drive, she only drove a very short distance.
We just wanted to make sure she realized the privilege came with many responsibilities.
My husband said he was older now and realizes some things he did raising our kids might not have been just right. My daughter wished he had realized that when she was wanting to drive. My granddaughter just smiled and hugged my husband's neck and said, "Papaw see if you can find me a red one."
I began to think of licenses and how different kind of licenses do give us permission to do many different things. If you have a hunting license you can shoot a deer. If you have a fishing license you can catch some fish. If you have a medical license you can practice medicine and the list goes on. But of course, simply having the license doesn't mean that whatever the license gives permission to do gets done. It takes some action on our part. To be a driver, we have to actually get on the road and drive. To be a hunter we have to take a gun in our hand and shoot. To be a fisherman, we have to take a pole in our hand and cast the line. To be a doctor we have to take a stethoscope and listen to a beating heart.
I believe in Christianity we also have to take some action. We accept Jesus salvation and then earn the right to be called a Christian. We are given permission to follow after Christ. The thing is many Christians get the license and travel only a very short distance, park at what we belive is the end of the road and never go any further.
Today think about all the privileges and responsibilities that come with being a Christian. There is so much more we can do after we receive our salvation.
God our Father has given us permission and expects us to be responsible and live fully for Him every day.
What is the point of having a license to do miraculous wonderful things in the name of Jesus Christ and simply sit parked at the end of the road?
Drive for Jesus this week. You have a license