Lessons from the Model T (by Len Winneroski)

UnknownMy family and I just had the opportunity to spend time with my parents and visit the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn Michigan.  I highly recommend visiting this national treasure!

Henry Ford (1863-1947) made the assembly line and interchangeable parts famous between 1908 and 1915 when the Ford Motor Company began production of the Ford Model T.  His vision was to, “… build a car for the great multitude … so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one.” By creating high paying jobs, Mr. Ford’s employees also became new customers for the $850 Model T (1908), which helped to drive his company.  Henry Ford’s success sparked the growth of industrialism during the twentieth century as mass production  spread like fire to everything from hamburgers to houses.  People moved from the country to the city to find work, which created the large middle class that we have in America today.

This morning I was reading 2 Peter 1:5-8 which says:

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Just as a Model T chassis became a car as workers added an engine, wheels, lights (ect.), the Scriptures tell us that we must add Godly characteristics to our faith in Christ (the chassis) in order for us to be effective and productive in the Kingdom.  Where are we on God’s assembly line?  Has goodness been added to the chassis of your faith?  How about knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love?

Dear Jesus, I stand on your promise in Philippians 1:6, which says, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Please help us to continue to be transformed into the image of your Son, so that we can be effective and productive in our faith until that great day when we see you face to face.

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