by Nick Tucker – Associate Pastor – Youth and Service Experiences
My grandfather bought an old ’62 El Camino when I was a sophomore in high school. When he first bought it, it was nothing special. It had some rust, tears in the seats, the seatbelts were tattered, the paint was chipped; just a lot of things that would lead one to believe that this car is an absolute beater. However, my grandfather was over the moon! He had a project to work on and something which he was able to put time into. He laid out the plans of what he wanted to do. He thought through the steps and the order of which he wanted to fix up this car. By the end of a few years worth of hard work, he had a beautifully remastered ’62 El Camino.
The paint was immaculate, the engine roared and purred, the seats were reupholstered, the car looked incredible! What I find most fascinating about this remastering process is how closely related it is to how I would imagine God remasters us! Let’s read a little of 2 Corinthians 5 so you can see where I’m going with this:
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 says, “For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.”
I think it’s truly fascinating that there are 2 different bodies that we have. We have our current bodies (worn, rusted, dented, scratched up to keep in theme with the remastering of my grandfather’s El Camino). And there’s the body which God has prepared (beautiful, heavenly, Holy Spirit, home, the finished product). Just as we go and buy these old project cars and we remaster them; I think that there is a remastering being worked on us by God. We long to be home with our Father and I think it’s such a beautiful thing to see when we recognize who we belong to.
2 Corinthians 5 later talks about this very thing in verse 17:
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
The old is gone! The new has begun! What a beautiful picture that is!
This last weekend was spent with 24 teenagers, five adults, and one incredible God. Summer Camp 2021 was an incredible weekend of discipleship and diving deep into God’s word all while having an awesome time in Santa Cruz, CA. Our theme was “Remastered”, and we talked about this very thing. We talked about how God is remastering us. That with the bodies which God is preparing, comes heavenly and eternal desires. There’s no need for us to wait to have those desires though! This last weekend, I encouraged the teenagers in our church and in our youth group to dig deep and truly seek the ways which God is remastering them.
The cool thing about this is that once we discover the ways we are being remastered, it provokes a response. My grandfather didn’t just fix up his ’62 El Camino just to park it in the garage forever. He fixed it up to take it out into the world for others to see and enjoy! He would take it to car shows and drive down main street. I think we are to do the same with our faith. God didn’t remaster us for us to bottle it up and keep it in. God wants for you and me to go into the world and spread the gospel with others!
He wants for us to radiate the fruits of His Spirit which scripture says is guaranteed to us in verse 5. This is a wonderful responsibility and I think it’s truly the last step in us being remastered.