“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.’” Matthew 11:28
Last summer, after years of planning (begging Monica more like it), We purchased a pick up. I really like my truck, more than I should, I know. But this same truck has affected one of my favorite and riskiest “games.”
Over the past two months, I’ve traveled… a lot. This travel allows me to do a lot of thinking and reminiscing. A few weeks ago, I remembered an old game (habit) I used to love to play in my high school years. After all, I became good at it! Maybe you’ve played it before? It’s the, How long can I go on E Game? My pick up takes some of the fun out of the game however, telling me how exactly many miles I have until I run out of fuel. But a crazy thing happens once it gets to “40 miles left.” It no longer offers me a remaining mileage number, it simply states: “fuel needed.” So the game begins. In Kansas, it becomes riskier… But something about it still seems fun. That’s because I haven’t “lost” yet. I know that if I keep going like this, one day I’ll lose and the consequences will be steep (and the walk could be very long).
Here’s what I’ve noticed, spiritually, we do the same thing. We become so excited, as we should, about our relationship with Christ and sharing the Gospel with others. Yet, in our efforts to be obedient and spread the Good News and pour out into the lives of others around us, it’s easy to overlook our own spiritual fuel tanks that warn us to fuel up. After all, what are we really pouring into the lives of others when we’re pouring out of empty pitchers?
I remember as an uninformed 16-year old, my dad warning me of the dangers of running my new-ish car (it was a 1988 Ford Thunderbird) out of gas. I remember him informing me of the internal damage the car would incur. Spiritually, it’s no different. In fact, I believe the implications can be far more damaging.
So how do we fuel up? Simple, we fill up on God through: prayer, scripture study, meditation, worship, and obedience. Just as automotive experts encourage us to not make a habit of letting the fuel level in our vehicles dip too low, our Heavenly Father reminds us to not let our spiritual levels drop too low either.
This well-known passage from Matthew serves as a reminder that one of the best ways to refuel, is to find rest:
“Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28.
Advancing the most important message the world has ever known is no easy task. God knows it. Don’t forget to fill up.