When your car battery has died, which do you prefer, a tow or a jump-start? A tow doesn’t fix anything; it just moves you to a new place. A jump-start, on the other hand, brings your car back to life. Most people treat God like a tow truck operator, calling on HIm when they are stuck, hoping He will get them to where they want to go. But what He has in mind is a jump. Not a temporary jump-start but a permanent new, living flow of energy to keep you powered up and moving forever.
Back in Bible times, jump-starts were not common, but most folks had experienced what happens to a desert after a good soaking rain. Miraculously, the glaring, hot sand is transformed into a lush bed of flowers. That’s why God told Isaiah to say it like this:
3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring,
and my blessing on your descendants.
4 They will spring up like grass in a meadow,
like poplar trees by flowing streams. (Isaiah 44:3-4)
We humans were designed to have the Spirit of God living within our souls. Without that Spirit we are as dead as cell phones with no signal. God’s jump-start connects us to His Spirit, a gift that comes to all who put their trust in Jesus. It’s not a temporary tow. It’s eternal life.