9th February 2017

Fiat 500s and Minis

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds,, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
Matthew 7:7-8 (NKJV)

The Mini and Fiat 500 were both launched in the 1950’s as basic transport. The Mini in 1959, and the Fiat in 1957, were both very successful as extremely compact but practical cars which are still sold today. Today’s version is much improved in every area, with 7 different models in the Mini range, and 5 different models of Fiat 500.

The iconic basic shape of both cars is still recognizable but both have grown larger and in terms of economy, comfort, ride and handling they are vastly improved. Today both vehicles offer a bewildering array of models, colours and options, making it difficult to choose the right one for you. But is your perception of both cars based on today’s version or a vague memory of a drive or ownership of one of those early models?

What have cars got to do with Christianity you may be thinking? The basic truths of Christianity don’t change or improve over the years, but is your perception of them based on dimly remembered RE lessons at school, on being forced to go to church with your parents as a child, or from Sunday school? Perhaps you remember God as a distant figure with lots of rules you are supposed to obey and found it hard to understand what it all meant to you? Were you turned off by your past experience and found Christianity, maybe even Christians, as rather boring?

But just as the economy, comfort, reliability and performance of motor cars has made great strides over the past 50 plus years, maybe you have too. What God wants with every human being is a relationship based on love, not blind obedience to a set of rules. He already knows you, but do you know him? Perhaps the ‘you’ of today may be open to a relationship in a way that you were not in the past. Why not ask God to reveal himself to you? Why not look again at Christianity as a mature individual rather than as a child? Why not update your understanding of what it means to be a Christian today?

Prayer
Gracious, loving Father, for each of us there is a right time to respond to your love and concern for us. Open the hearts and minds of those who are ready to respond. In Jesus name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association
Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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