I drive a 2005 Chevy Colorado truck. It has over 200,000 miles. It gets me from point A to point B, and it is very dependable. The best thing about it, it is paid for! It will not be the best ride you ever had, and you will not be able to roll your windows down. But it will get you where you need to be.
One morning, I was headed to work early and I notice I needed to get gas. So I pulled into the only gas station open at this time of day. I filled up and went on to work. I worked a couple of hours and noticed it was time to grab a quick bite for lunch. I went back out to my truck, turn the key, and just like 100,000 times before, It cranked right up! I went to put it in drive and it died! What happened? I tried it again and again. All it would do is spit, sputter, and then die. What is going on? This has never happened before.
I had to get old faithful hauled into a mechanic. He keep her over night and he called me the next day. My mechanic asked me, “Who did you tick off?” I responded and said, “Nobody, that I know of.” He went on to tell me that I had water in my gas tank, and he would have to drain everything out of the tank. Then clean out the whole fuel system! But my truck would be fine. I did go back to the store, and they did admit they sold some bad gas.
My question this morning is, what’s in your spiritual tank? Is our fuel been watered down? Are we spitting and sputtering when it comes to our walk with Christ? My mechanic had to diagnose my problem, and come up with a solution fast. He fixed my trucks with two easy steps! Don’t you love things that are simple? He emptied all the bad gas out and cleaned everything up. Then he added the good clean gas and my truck is driving like a charm!
Colossians 3:5 says, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:8 goes on to say, “Rid yourself of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lip.” The first step in getting your spiritual engine running again is empty out all the sin and everything that doesn’t please God. Everything! You need a time of confession, and pour you heart out to Him. Ask Him to cleanse you, heal you, and restore you. The answer is not found in adding good gas to the already watered down tank! You will continue to sputter.
Paul goes on to give of the second part of the solution. Colossians 3:10 Paul’s says, “Put on the new self.” In Christ, the old is gone and the new is come. Paul also tells us in verse 10, “cloth yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” After your confession, then ask God to fill you! Ask Him to give you a heart like His. To fill you with joy, passion, humility and compassion!
When it comes down to it, this will be your prayer. Lord, kill me and then fill me! Become a Dwelling place that pleases the Lord! I am praying for a smooth running engine in your life. God bless.
What’s in your tank?