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Let God Check Under Your Hood        March 13, 2013

Dear friends,

He said I needed a serpentine belt.  I had gone in for an oil change.  I wasn't
looking for him to give me a complete analysis of the car.  I should have known that
the $19.99 special price was too good to be true.  They always try to sell you
something.  On Friday I was told that for an additional $69.99 I would be good to go.

Our car is eight years old.  I drove it for 125,000 miles before handing it off to my
youngest daughter.  It has been a good car and I never suspected anything was
wrong.  We had no complaints and the service was supposed to be routine.  Then
again, I don't know much about cars.

Unless you are a mechanic, it is easy to take what happens under the hood for
granted.  After all, you turn the key and the engine roars to life.  I confess that I
never think about the pistons, the plugs, the belts, the bearings or anything else
until there is a problem.  Then all I see are dollar signs and what it is going to cost
me.

I don't know about you but I don't like to be told bad news.  That doesn't mean I
don't have to hear it though.  Sometimes we need to hear the truth so we can fix the
problem.  The same thing is true in our spiritual lives.  The apostle Paul tells us that
we have a spiritual side as well as a physical side to our being.

We may look fine to everyone else but deep within us there is a yearning for
something more.  We are looking for something that can satisfy us and give our
lives meaning.  We've tried all the things the world has to offer and still come away
empty.

Blaise Pascal once said, "There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man
which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God the creator through
Jesus Christ."  I guess you could say that God is like our serpentine belt.  He is
that one thing which connects everything else within us and makes it work.

The good news is that Jesus has already diagnosed our problem and found a way to
fix it.  That is the message of this season.  God loves us.  On the cross He forgave
our sins.  Like with my mechanic, the door is open and he is waiting for us to come
in.  We can go it on our own and end up stuck on the side of life's road or we can
come in and let him fix our hearts.

The good news is that when you come to him there will be no hidden costs.  He paid
the price on Calvary.  It has been signed, sealed and delivered.  So what are you
waiting for?  Come in for a tune up this Easter and leave with his blessing.

God bless. See you in Church.  Cal