“To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.”
Have you ever tried to see how far you can continue to drive after the low fuel light comes on in your car? If you are not careful this can become an odd game that brings a strange rush of adrenaline. Stop and think for a moment (as you pass perfectly good Mapco’s) is my heart beating a little faster and my palms sweating because I’m about to jump out of a plane? No, I have these feelings because I’m choosing to see if I can actually run out of gas!
Ok, maybe you haven’t done this and you think it is bizarre that anyone would even consider doing something like this. I totally agree. I didn’t say I haven’t ever done this. I just said I agree it is bizarre!
What does God’s Word say?:
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command-be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7-9
I wonder how many of us have treated our walk with Christ like we do fueling our car. We just drive until the low fuel light comes on and then we may even drive some more and at the very last second we coast into either church, time of prayer, reading our Bible, etc.
We are on fumes spiritually and have nothing left, yet we don’t take the time to refuel. Why? Pick your reason, “Can’t today, but definitely tomorrow. Too busy. I get bored reading my Bible. I don’t get anything out of church.” Not sure if any of those sound familiar, but they have all worked for me at some point in my journey.
How can we expect to stay on the road while we are driving on fumes? Get some gas. No, that doesn’t mean eat a chili dog! I mean each day we need to be refueling at the feet of Christ by spending time in prayer, reading His Word and enjoying the fellowship of others who are pursuing Him!
Just a thought!
Credit: Lance Brown with WHOYOUWITH ministries, a Sports Chaplain at Vanderbilt University
Submitted by Ken Cross.