All of the lights flashed across the dashboard as I turned the key in my car’s ignition. No sound, nothing. Not good! After several attempts, I knew it was time to call roadside assistance. Within a half-hour, a technician arrived and tested the battery and attempted to start the car, also with no success. After a few more tests, he called me over and gave me his assessment. “I think your anti-theft device has overridden the ignition sequence. You’re going to have to take this to the dealer.”
The explanation was a surprise to me. The battery and alternator were fine but the car’s anti-theft system was so efficient that it was even blocking the entry of its own owner! No surprise, it was emulating its owner.
For many years, my defense mechanisms were on high alert whenever I heard the mention of Jesus and God. I refused to acknowledge this mythical creature, ignorantly lumping Him with fairy tales or attributing anyone’s belief in Him to an appalling lack of self-confidence for themselves. I was in control of my life and destiny, no one else. My defense mechanisms were highly developed; it kept everything out and even attempted to block my owner, my Creator, God Almighty! As I learned in college, nothing can ever block God from knocking on the door to my soul.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
Revelation 3:20 (ESV)
My car’s anti-theft system failed because of a faulty electrical fuse. My self-defenses failed because of my sinful nature. I refused to acknowledge that my life was a self-indulgent wreck and I needed a Savior. Jesus continued to gently knock on the door to my heart. Through His grace and mercy, He broke down my self-defenses. I finally understood the depth of my depravity and my desperate need for a Savior. He showed me that I was never in control of my life nor my destiny. He overrode my defenses and brought me into a new relationship, one that He created for me.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.