Over the past week we noticed a series of black spots all over the driveway ... a sure sign that a car is leaking oil.  The challenge, along with spreading out sufficient kitty litter over each spot, was figuring out which car!  What made it interesting was that during this time there could have been up to 7 cars in our driveway at any given moment (Dane and Brinkley as well as Yates and Alyson were there) so we systematically had to go through the process of checking each car to see if it was the culprit.  Eventually we found the guilty one ... it was Griff's!  Clearly there was some sort of leak.

I took it to the mechanic and after a quick look over the engine he easily discerned where the leak was coming from ... said it was a seal in something or other (I'm not mechanically savvy enough to know exactly what he was saying) and that it wouldn't be a big deal to fix ... just need to order the right seal and it'll be good to go.

That's not the first leak we've had in our vehicles!  I suppose that most of us have had such leaky vehicles at one time or another.  And nearly every time it ends up being the same thing ... a bad seal or gasket.  I guess over time they wear out, get brittle, suffer chemically breakdown, and just they can't hold up under the pressure in the engine anymore.  It seems rather ironic that the very life blood of these large, powerful, expensive machines is dependent on an insignificant little seal.  You always hear great things about the engines themselves ... the innovative Ford EcoBoost, the durable Chevy 350, the powerful Chrysler Hemi ... but you never hear about the seals in these engines until they go bad.  Seems really unfair!  Can anyone name some of the top manufacturers of engine seals?  (if you work in the industry you're disqualified to play this game!)

Do you ever think of the Holy Spirit as a seal?  Do you think about the work of the Spirit in your life when things are going as you planned, with no problems, and everything apparently going your way?

  • Ephesians 1:13 - In him you also when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit."
  • Ephesians 4:30 - And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Our relationship with God is secured and authenticated by the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit that enables us to perceive the work of God in our hearts and who brings to our minds the sacred promises of the Gospel.  It is the Holy Spirit that convinces us of the grace of the Gospel promises, that the perfection and fullness of Christ's salvation is declared in these promises, and that we may rest in them for all eternity.  Our knowledge of the Gospel is certified, ratified, and assured by the Holy Spirit as He continually convinces us of the truth of the Gospel as proclaimed in the Scripture.  But just like the seal in an engine, we seldom really think of the Spirit!

Let's be a people who pray for the Holy Spirit to convict our hearts of sin ... to remind us of the Gospel ... to point us to Christ ... to empower us to obey ... to assure us of who we are in Christ!

Ephesians 5:18 - be filled with the Spirit