Have you ever looked at the gas gauge and felt a knot in your stomach when you realized it’s on Empty or even worse, below ‘E‘? I admit it has been many years since I’ve found myself in that situation, yet I still remember the sinking feeling from the times it happened.
These days I get that same feeling when I find my ‘spiritual tank’ approaching Empty. I become most aware of it when I am digging around in the Word. It usually comes about when I’m cross-referencing.
For example, the following scriptures recently caught my attention.
Col 1:3-5 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. I asked myself…when was the last time I thanked God like that… expressing my appreciation for what God is doing in another’s life because of their faith and hope? I do pray for and try to encourage others, but read the verse again. Can’t you almost hear the excitement in Paul’s voice-“We always thank God”.
When I read in 2 Peter 1:3-11…I am in awe…and I challenge you to read it and consider the following words again. God’s divine power, everything, life and godliness, his glory and goodness, very great and precious promises, so that through them, we may participate in the divine nature, and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. Make every effort, add to your faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, love.
Now read on…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. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. That’s powerful!!
And finally… be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I may start out on Empty…but after spending time in the garden my spiritual tank starts to fill. I resolve to press on, working out my salvation with fear and trembling, with stubbed toes, cuts and bruises.