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Mar 4th, 2021
Muscle Car Theology: The Steering Wheel
By: Nathan Head
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Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit… (NIV)

According to my Google skills, the fastest a Formula 1 racing car has sped in a race is 327.6 km/h, which is the equivalent of 231.5 mph. These amazing race cars go 0-60 mph in two seconds or less. Their engines can generate 800 horsepower. With all that major power and speed, their steering wheels are about 12 inches in diameter. Seems like you’d want more than a lunch portion pizza to control all that size and speed!

Somehow the very power of God, the power that parted the Red Sea and brought Jesus back to life, is available to us. We have access to all of that power, but most importantly, we also have the steering mechanism. In Ephesians 5:18, Pauls warns against giving over control of our lives to alcohol. When we give over control of our lives, messes ensue. You’ve possibly seen the videos of the infield crowd after a long day of drinking at the Kentucky Derby. The control of the “spirit” of alcohol is detrimental.

In the 1992 Disney film Aladdin (the best version by the way), the over-the-top genie voiced by Robin Williams gives a great description of how the whole power-and-wishes genie thing works. Toward the end of his description, he says in short, “PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS, itty bitty living space.” And likewise, somehow God saw fit to give us access to power and self-control through the Holy Spirit—all the horsepower of God inside our bodies, our itty bitty living space. As we work out the power and control we possess, let’s remember how important it is to NOT give it away.

Alcohol may or may not be an issue for you, but you likely give control to something other than God’s Spirit at times. Ask God to reveal what circumstances lead to that, and work out a plan to bring it under His control with a trusted friend.