My first car was a standard, and I purchased it because I knew that many people didn’t know how to drive one. If anyone would ask to drive the car I would say, “If you can drive a standard you can drive my car.” I went on like this for a while until I got tired of taking people all over the place. I soon got tired of being a taxi and taking people everywhere and realized it was time for me to teach others how to “SHIFT.”
Shift means to change or to cause (something) to change to a different opinion, or belief. It is our responsibility to help others shift into their proper place in Christ. Not everyone can get out of that first gear like they should, but if we are patient with them through the erking and jerking of life; they will make it.
Once a person get past first gear with a smooth transition, they are on the road to driving with ease. Once that individual has learned how to shift properly, he/she can be on a hill at a standstill, and move forward without moving backwards and hitting someone. That confidence level is built up, and shifting becomes easy over time, and there is no thought required on what gear is next. Our confidence is built up by trusting in God’s word, and obeying His every command.
Let’s learn how to shift, so we can reach the speed and potential that Christ is desiring us to reach. If we do not shift at the right time, we can burn our clutch and tear up the car. Let’s not get burnt out and break down our spiritual cars by not shifting when it’s time for us to move to our next position in Christ.