Christ our Power Steering
Nowadays anyone can drive any vehicle without much struggle. There are technologies that have been implemented in our vehicles that pretty much make our steering them easier. One such technology is power steering. In a vehicle, power steering is a system for steering which uses power from the engine so that it is easier for the driver to steer the vehicle. This technology makes it possible for a 120-pound woman to drive an 18-wheeler truck. She may choose to ever so slightly move the steering wheel to the right or left and the oversized tires will respond as the power steering goes to work. Power steering makes the seemingly impossible possible.
The Bible is very clear about what we are and what is expected of us. We are in a spiritual sense a 120 pound woman driving an 18 wheeler truck. The question is, is there such a thing as Spiritual power steering?
Christ is very specific about our condition: "Out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man" (Mark 7:21-23)
Paul restates this in Romans 3: 9 - 18,
Romans 3:9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Romans 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Romans 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Romans 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
Romans 3:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
Romans 3:15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
Romans 3:16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
Romans 3:17 And the way of peace have they not known:
Romans 3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
This gives a dire picture of our condition. It is one that goes along with 2 Timothy 3: 1 – 5, and Revelation 3: 17. Is there any hope for us? How can we bear the fruit of righteousness under this condition?
The answer to the first question is yes. The answer to the second question is in John 15. Christ says in here that He is "…the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing" (John15:5). So, when our focus is in abiding, the fruit will grow. Our focus is on seeking "… first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness," then "… all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33). What shall be added? The things we need. But, to get to live in the New Earth we need a righteous character. When seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, the Holy Sprit adds "… goodness to your faith; to your goodness add knowledge; to your knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add endurance; to your endurance add godliness; to your godliness add brotherly affection; and to your brotherly affection add love" (2 Peter 1:5-7, TEV). In other words, when we seek His imputed righteousness, the Holy Spirit will add His imparted righteousness to us.
We know that when Paul told the Philippians "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13), it is the Holy Spirit working because, Christ sent the Holy Spirit to be our walking companion (Comforter), even to dwell in us( John 14: 16 – 17) . It is the Holy Spirit giving us the power to do God's will. He is our spiritual power steering, if we let Him be.