It’s was almost worse than getting dacked by my ‘mates’ in year 7!
I remember the time I slipped the car into neutral while waiting at the lights. The moment the lights turned green, I pushed down hard on the accelerator to get ahead of the guy next to me – but instead of taking the lead, I sat there like a rabbit stranded in the spotlight.
As the cars in the next lane file past me and the sound of the car horns behind me grew louder, I realised that I’d stayed in neutral for far too long and should have changed gears much earlier!
There is nothing worse than living in neutral. Remaining in neutral can be even worse than going backwards, because at least if you hit a wall you might find the motivation to start moving forwards again. Living in neutral will always rob you from the fullness of everything God has for you.
Elijah was someone who refused to live in neutral, and challenged others to shift themselves out of neutral and into first gear:
‘Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing’ – 1 Kings 18:21 (NIV)
The people were afraid to align themselves either way, as they were afraid of the consequences and what others thought of them. In a similar way, we too can be afraid to align ourselves wholeheartedly with the things of God due to a fear of what others think of us or an uncertainty of the future – and we can therefore either remain in neutral or at best remain stuck in first gear.
But Elijah’s challenge is to take the engine to it’s limits by shifting into first gear and moving all the way up to fifth!
I remember driving a mates Kombi Van that refused to shift out of first gear. Although there is a level of safety being stuck in first, it takes a lot longer to arrive at your destination and the drive is nowhere near as fun!
If you have remained in neutral for too long or have had enough of being stuck in first, then make the decision to shift gears and give yourself wholeheartedly to the things of God so that like Elijah you would see the fire of God light up your life like never before!