Imagine yourself receiving a phone call from the president of the United States. “How are you?” he asks, just as if you were old friends, and you chat for a while. “By the way,” he goes on, “I’m going to be in town the day after tomorrow, and I need the use of a car. I wonder if I could use yours.”
You know how you would respond. The next day, you would be out washing and waxing that car. You would vacuum and scrub the interior. You would go over it with a fine-tooth comb. If you happened to talk to any friends, you would find a way to work into the conversation a casual comment such as, “Well, I don’t know about going shopping. The president will be using my car tomorrow…”
Then the big day comes when the president of the United States borrows your car—maybe the proudest day of your life. Afterward, you would make a shrine out of that vehicle. You might even have a brass plaque made: “The president of the United States drove this car” with the date underneath. If it were at all possible, you would find a way to keep that car in mint condition. Who knows? Maybe you could donate it to the Smithsonian!
I know I’m overdoing it a bit, but I share this illustration for a reason. We think it would be a great honor to serve for one day a man who holds an elected office in our country, and it would be. But we Christians hardly consider the fact that the God who created this universe lives in us and wants to use our bodies every day of our lives! Think about it. If you are a Christian, God lives in you and wants to produce fruit through you that will endure for eternity! “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10) I can’t think of a better reason to approach life with contagious enthusiasm.
Taken from Classic Christianity by Bob George