A few miles from my home there is a used car dealer. This dealer is associated with a new car dealership and when he built a new facility to sell new cars he turned the old premises into the used car division and named it "Pre-Owned Super Center". It occurred to me that there are parallels to our lives in this name. Everyone comes to this life as a new model...we have that new-baby smell and perfect skin and we grow to physical maturity from that original agency. But as we grow and develop some wear, some nicks, and a few scars our frame begins to take on individual character and shape. At a certain point, if we grasp the grace of the Lord and His plan for new life that goes way beyond the outer wrapper, we become ready for the "Pre-Owned Super Center". We may no longer have the new product smell and we are no longer physically perfect or blemish-free. But the mix of life's wear with the life-giving presence of the Holy Spirit makes us prime for display in the showroom and on the lot of the Pre-Owned Super Center. We have become "experienced" in the ways of life and are ready to transport others to that destination as well.
Mark 2:22 "And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins."
to all the new old models out there on God's "Pre-Owned Super Center".