Who needs an MOT the more; you or your car?
Annually, the UK government requires motorists and car owners to have their vehicles go through an MOT Test. This test started in 1960 and is required for cars, vans, buses, trucks etc. over the age of three years old. The primary objective of an MOT Test is to evaluate the roadworthiness and safety of a vehicle. It also ensures that the vehicle is fully compliant with statutory requirements on emissions.
A car is probably the second most valuable possession or investment a family (or individual) is likely to acquire financially. Human life and our relationship with God is priceless! So who needs an MOT the more; you or your car?
2 Corinthians 13:5 instructs us as follows: “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith”. The same way different aspects of a car are examined to ensure it is incompliance with safety and roadworthiness standards, God’s Word is asking to examine ourselves too. In fact, in continuation, the fifth verse of 2 Corinthians 13 says “Test yourselves!”
It is possible to have a good attendance record at church, be up to date with our tithing and even maintain an appearance of holiness. The same way an MOT Test on a car reveals that which is not obvious so does the test suggested in 2 Cor. 13:5. Usually, the areas where we tend to fall short are the aspects of our lives that may not be visible to your Pastor or fellow church members!
The examination or evaluation mentioned in 2 Cor. 13 goes beyond the façade. It goes deeper down within. No wonder, Psalm 51 KJV says “Thou desirest truth from the innermost parts”. That is why every Believer needs an MOT, Moment of Truth. When you sincerely, genuinely and wholeheartedly conduct the examination prescribed in 2 Cor. 13:5, you are encountering a Moment of Truth. From your utterance to your countenance and from your deeds to your dealings, you have to conduct that MOT and ask yourself, “Am I in the faith?”
Great Britain has over 20,000 locations where MOT Tests are conducted for vehicles. The number of testers in the country totals about 53,000. With God, you don’t have to figure which location to go or which tester will conduct the test. There is ONE location and ONE tester. That location is The Holy Bible and the Tester is The Holy Spirit. Hallelujah; the first verse of the aforementioned scripture says that every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. When you visit the MOT Garage of Salvation which is God’s Word and you come to that Moment of Truth (MOT), you will know whether that very aspect of your life under review is in line with God. You are the first witness of your weakness. Nobody knows your weaknesses like you do; and of course, The Tester Himself, The Holy Spirit, will also bear witness that you are out of God’s Will. That makes two witnesses, you and The Holy Spirit. Therefore, according to 2 Cor. 13:1 the matter (or assessment of your walk with God) is established.
A Moment of Truth is when you come face-to-face with insight that can make you soar or suffer
If Ananias and Sapphira had conducted this MOT Test, they would have come to the MOT – Moment of Truth. They would have immediately changed their minds, amend their ways and soared in faith. Instead, even though they were “in” church, they suffered on to death!
Please do not be misled into thinking that once you have confessed Jesus as Lord and Saviour, you have finished the journey. In fact, on the contrary, your confession marks the commencement of the race! You have a race to run and this race requires that you work out your salvation with fear and trembling i.e. employing serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that will offend God or discredit the Name of Christ (Philippians 2:12).
May the Lord strengthen you and strengthen us to live for Him, AMEN.
Samuel & Lynda Jonathan