I'm thankful this year's harvest is finally done. Some folks talk about a "Block Buster Summer" but this year was Joe's "Combine Buster Harvest". This year he decided to do his own combining. He figured, "We have a combine just sitting there that the boys and I used every year to cut our fields. Why not save some money and harvest the crop myself?"
This sounded good at the time but then he realized that that old combine sat unused for ten years. It sat in the field weathering hot sun, cold winters, and hail. When Joe, our friend Jim and our son Paul evaluated the combine before harvest they saw layers of dust, rust around the edges and parts hanging here and there. It was a dilapidated piece of old farm equipment. Let me tell you though, when my husband Joe gets an idea, he sees it through to the end. Joe said, "No problem, there is a second combine in the field. I can take parts from one to fix up the other." I mention our friend Jim and my son Paul here because they are the mechanic that Joe counts on when he comes up with these ideas.
They worked on the combine and fixed the items they knew were broken and then turned over the engine for the first time. The combine ran a few minutes and then sputtered to a stop. Undaunted, Jim and later Paul identified the problem and sent Joe to the shop for a part. If the part wasn't in the shop they cannibalized the other combine. Soon the combine ran well enough to begin cutting. Joe took the rig into the field and begin cutting. He worked his way around the field once and the combine went, "Sputter, Sputter, Clank". Then Joe drove it back to the shop and Paul looked for the next break and fixes it. Joe went around again. This process repeated day after day. I remember praying earnestly each day that the combine would keep running. Then one day it just kept working and Joe finished the job.
Our Christian lives start out this way. Our minds and souls are like rusty, dusty combines setting in the fields of life. We turn our lives over to Christ Jesus and through Him our spirits become new creations.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17-19
But our souls and minds don't function as new creations. We just don't run as well as the finely tuned person God created. Our flesh parts break as the new spirit is switched on within us. Sin in our lives is like rust and dirt that clog the lubricants and allow friction. Condemnation jams the gears. Religion is like a part from our shop. We try to fasten it on but it just doesn't fit. The storms of life continue to blow over us. We are new creations but we still live in a fallen world.
Remember the second combine from the field. Well, this is where Christ Jesus comes into the picture. If it weren't for the extra parts from the second combine we would not have completed the job this year. In the same way Jesus offers His parts to replace our old worn out parts. He is the replacement for what is broken in our lives, Praise the Lord! Corinthians says, "Behold, all things have become new."
Is your heart broken? Is your marriage torn? Are you trapped in an old lifestyle? Does unforgiveness rust your parts? The Word says that Jesus makes it all new. Just as we can take parts of one combine to fix the other, God completes our brokenness with Christ Jesus. Jesus makes us whole again.
So how do we get rid of all the gunk in our minds and souls? How do we put on Christ's replacement parts? Our Heavenly Father tells us how in His word. He tells His children to confess their sins to Him, renew their minds with the Word of God and wash away the dirt with the blood of Jesus Christ.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1, 2 (NKJV)
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 (NKJV)
Let me remind you that even seasoned Christians become cold in their Christian walks. Like old combines, we freeze up without proper maintenance. The same truth applies to each of us as we live and grow as Christians.