Randy’s eyes were on the road. They had to be. It was pouring down rain and the traffic was terrible. A sign warned him of an upcoming curve, and he tightly gripped the steering wheel. Suddenly, his fuel light blinked. “My gas tank is almost empty, and there isn’t a gas station for miles,” Randy muttered. “I should have filled up when I had a chance this morning.”
Randy’s dismay is similar to what we do in our own Christian lives when it comes to keeping our spiritual tanks full. Sometimes we let them drain out until we are miles from the nearest gas station before we realize that there is a problem.
All of us want to be powerful, effective believers. But don’t forget how easy it is to drift away. This doesn’t mean that you will lose your salvation, but rather it means that you will lose that desire if you don’t regularly come to church to refill your spiritual tank.
This means that you need to listen to authority and be a person who can take correction. It means that you work hard to make sure that you never cause another believer to stumble because of a bad example.
If we let sin cloud our lives, then we won’t have the power of the Holy Spirit manifesting itself in our actions.
Take a moment right now to confess your sins to God. Get in the Bible and saturate yourself with the Scriptures. Realize anew that God wants to work through you and give you His strength and power.
Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another. – Walter Elliott
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder