Until the day my Mawmaw died, she had never put gas in her car. For those of you too young to remember, there used to be full service gas stations. The attendant would come out, pump your gas and wash your windshield. Even after all the gas stations went to self serve, there was one place that would still pump Mawmaw’s gas, and that’s where she went.
She also never let her tank get below half full. The minute that gas hand hit the halfway mark, she would head to the station to fill’er up. My mom’s the same way; at half full she’s pumping the petrol. She does, however, have to pump her own. Unfortunately the self serve stations are nonexistent these days.
Personally, I drive my car until the dinger goes off, and then some! I try to time it so that Steve’s driving when my car needs gas, but I don’t always succeed. I can’t stand pumping gas!
These scenarios are a lot like our spiritual lives. We have a spiritual tank that needs filling. Do we let others fill out tanks, or do we do it ourselves? In other words, is the only Word we ever hear at church on Sunday, maybe Wednesday? Or are we reading and studying the bible on our own?
Do we fill our tanks when it’s half full, or wait until we’re on the verge of running out? Do we only pray and seek The Lord when we need something, or praise Him only when something good happens? Or are we praying without ceasing, and praising Him no matter what, just because He’s worthy of our praises?
I have to admit that sometimes I let my spiritual tank get empty, and that I’m guilty of pulling up to the full serve station, aka church, and letting the preacher fill’er up. I know that having a relationship with Jesus requires communication, and that no matter if times are good or bad, my life is so much better when I’m close to Him. So why then, do I let my spiritual tank run dry?
I suppose it’s a combination of laziness, and the fact that I take my relationship with Jesus for granted. Sometimes, when my prayers aren’t being answered the way I want them answered, in the timeframe that I think they should be answered, I just get tired of praying! Maybe sometimes I think I’ve “arrived”? Whatever the reason, it’s a lame excuse!
Jesus gave His life so that we could live forever with Him; the least I could do is give Him a few minutes of my day to read His word, and have a conversation with Him. Maybe we will even have the opportunity to be the full service attendant to someone who’s having trouble filling their tank.
How can a person live a clean life? By carefully reading the map of your Word. I’m single-minded in pursuit of you; don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted. I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart so I won’t sin myself bankrupt. Be blessed, God; train me in your ways of wise living. I’ll transfer to my lips all the counsel that comes from your mouth;
I delight far more in what you tell me about living than in gathering a pile of riches. I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you, I attentively watch how you’ve done it. I relish everything you’ve told me of life, I won’t forget a word of it. Psalm 119:9-16