Experiencing Christ in Buying a Car

My husband and I had an interesting experience when we bought our first car.

We were forced into it circumstantially because the transmission in our previous car needed to be replaced and it would cost more than the car was worth. So, time to get another one.

But you know what’s interesting about buying a car?

It’s not just about buying a car.

First of all, you must know that when this all transpired we were under a bit of a time constraint. This situation came about on Monday, the first day of my first week of school, and my husband would be leaving town on Sunday. I commute on the freeway to get to school so I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of having a car break down on me in the middle of the freeway while my husband is gone for a week – a car had stalled on me in the middle of the 57 freeway because it was leaking clutch fluid, so my goal was to avoid such an experience again, if possible.

This gave us one week to find a car.

Being a female, I was unnecessarily anxious and emotional during the process. I wasn’t even the one searching for a car. That responsibility was on my husband.

The Lord gently reminded me:

“Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks him for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or also when he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in the heavens give good things to those who ask Him!”

Matthew 7:9-11

Amen. I let my husband take full control of this car-buying process and did the only thing I could do – pray.

My prayers probably didn’t express 100% trust and submission to the Lord, but what matters is that I contacted God. The circumstances constrained me to have more conversations with the Lord.

Meanwhile, my husband was contacting God as well, along with numerous salesmen at various dealerships in the area.

The week progressed and still no car…

Tuesday – sold our car to CarMax

Wednesday – online research and promising possibilities

Thursday – looking for the right fit, not buying hastily

Friday – possibilities dwindle as others buy them off the lots

Saturday – last opportunity to buy a car before my husband leaves town

On Saturday, my husband met one dealer in particular. He was a born-again Christian whose father was a missionary. He told my husband that he was bothered because his father didn’t walk the walk. This struck up a conversation about living the Christian life and that we’re all susceptible to hypocrisy because we’re all fallen, sinful human beings.

The key to be saved from hypocrisy, and the secret of the Christian life, is living and walking according to the Spirit in our spirit. After his fellowship with my husband, he then had a desire to be baptized!

It’s about contacting people.

Come to find out, my husband wasn’t the first one to reach out to this dealer. Apparently another brother in Christ, whom my husband and I know well, had recently bought a car from this same dealer.

In the end, buying a car isn’t just about buying a car. It’s about contacting people.

Whether they’re a Christian or not, it’s truly about contacting people with the good news of the gospel. As believers in Christ, we can go about the normal, practical affairs of our human life just like the next person. Or we can use these avenues as opportunities to contact people with Christ. Hopefully when people contact us, they don’t just contact us, but they also come into contact with Christ as well.

As Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:23,

“And I do all things for the sake of the gospel that I may become a fellow partaker of it.”

 

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10 thoughts on “Experiencing Christ in Buying a Car

  1. It’s only when we’re living and walking according to the Spirit in our spirit that we’re willing and ready to contact people for the sake of the gospel. May we be reminded to remain in the Lord so that we have something of Christ to share with others we meet in the course of our daily life–like buying a car.

    • That’s so true. There are many opportunities – at work, school, the grocery store, while waiting in line, and even in our neighborhoods. May we daily endeavor to live and walk according to the Spirit in our spirit.

  2. Living and walking in the Spirit is the key to Christian living and the key to living without hypocrisy! Great..!!
    And you are sooo right, its about contacting people and helping them make that contact with Christ!

    I am curious to know, did you get the new car after your husband ministered to the dealer???? :)

    Rolain

    • That’s right. The Lord Jesus was the only person who lived on the earth that wasn’t hypocritical in any way. Since He’s now the Spirit in our spirit, it’s only when we are one with Him that we are saved from a life of hypocrisy. Instead of focusing on WWJD or changing our behavior to be “like Christ” we just need to focus on being one spirit with the Lord. Like 1 Cor. 6:17 says, “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.”

      Yes, my husband and I ended up buying a car from that very dealer! Sorry for not mentioning that!

          • Thanks for sharing the link Andrea. I read through the excerpt and there are two statements that really stood out for me.

            – Without our spirit, we cannot know who we are.
            – Without our spirit, we cannot understand the things of men.

            This subject of the spirit is really an important one. The Apostles and Paul saw the importance of living in the spirit. This is something to think about and meditate on. Thanks again Andrea.

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