In the 15th century Leonardo da Vinci created and sketched designs and models for transport vehicles.
In 1768, the first steam powered automobile capable of human transportation was built by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot.
In 1807, François Isaac de Rivaz designed the first car powered by an internal combustion engine fueled by hydrogen.
In 1886, the first gasoline powered automobile, was invented by Karl Benz.
What was the desire these men had and what drove their innovations? Transportation. they desired to move. Transportation is by definition the movement of people, animals and goods from one location to another.
If Faith were a car then how do I utilize faith in my life? Is it to me a working vehicle or is an exhibition ?
How do we make practical use and practice faith? Sometimes I am guilty of treating my faith like a collection of rare automobiles like Rodger Dudding, rather than making practical use of it. I have treated my faith with white gloves, in a sterile environment. I have cleaned and polished it daily, I have maintained it with careful attention, yet rarely do I engage it in activity throughout the day. Has faith become my hobby rather than my work. Faith, like a car, is useless if at some point I don’t drive it. If I look properly at faith, the way the scripture defines it, I would see it not as an untouchable antique masterpiece, but as a usable, reliable, means of transportation which I drive with purpose and functionality. Faith should not be so fragile and rare that we fear its demise. I shouldn’t be afraid for it to get ruined by use, but rather hope that It gets worn with use, because faith is the machine that gets me to God and to others with the love of God. It transports life it doesn’t, but the purpose of faith is not to be displayed, it is to be driven.
What we do with what we own matters.
James 2:18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.
1 John 3:18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
Luke 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits of repentance,
Get the picture.
Faith is and must be first an adverb. Faith is not a hobby horse or a work of art we keep in our favorite room. Hebrews 11:1 – faith is the substance and the evidence not merely an abstract thought or idea. I believe the sun will rise tomorrow therefore I set my alarm clock and plan on my day. I believe the paycheck will be deposited therefore I write out all the bills. I believe the car will get me from point a to point b so I drive it. what I do ought to be driven by what I believe. If I said I believed the sun would rise but never planned out my day than that believe would be worthless, ineffective, useless. my life would be unfruitful and full of anxiety, likewise if I have a beautiful automobile but never drive it what is the true benefit of having it?
God wants us to use our faith to do his works that he prepared for us in advance. He wants us to have faith to the point of obedience. Are we willing to die for what we believe? are we willing to take it for a spin and practice behind the wheel? Drive the faith.
If we truly want our faith to “work” we must drive it not simply maintain it, since the purpose of faith is to move us forward into obedience – not simply wow us.