Summer 2024

Daily Devotional: Wednesday, May 22 - NASCAR Trinity, Part 2

“But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” — Romans 8:10-11

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Today we’re on day two of a three-day devotional journey. Until I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, I was never much of a NASCAR fan. I didn’t understand it, didn’t appreciate it, and just didn’t like it. But now having experienced it firsthand by being at a race, I have great appreciation for it and actually really enjoy it. As I’ve learned more about the sport, something really struck me: the roles of the crew chief, the pit crew and the spotter — and how they relate to the Son, (see Tuesday’s devotional), the Holy Spirit, and the Father.

Now that the case for having a strong bond with your crew chief has been made, let’s talk about the role of the pit crew. The pit crew is the team of men who jump over the wall and physically make the changes to the driver’s car. These changes could be major or minor, engine-related, tire-related or they simply could be fuel-related, but nonetheless the pit crew is there to get your car across the finish line.

The same role is played in our lives by the Holy Spirit — it’s “hands on,” over the wall, in your system, under your hood, making the adjustments, correcting the problems, and filling your tank. To do this, the Holy Spirit needs to be allowed to fill your soul within. This can only be done by abiding in Christ just as the driver abides in his crew chief, allowing the chief to instruct the pit crew.

It is crucial for us to take time out of our daily race to come in and allow the Holy Spirit to work within us. Without talking to the crew chief and without pit stops, your car will not reach victory lane, let alone the finish line. As you abide in Christ, be sure to let the Holy Spirit over the wall and under the hood.

— Ryan DiNunzio

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