"My car is officially gone. My fuel pump just died." When I received this message, I immediately thought that maybe 'gone' and 'died' didn't really mean that the car would no longer operate. I thought maybe it was a temporary problem that could be fixed at a cost.
I don't know what you do when you're not sure about something but I tend to turn to my friend "Google." She is so good at pointing me in the right direction. I can find scriptures, images, and information. I get options and can decide whether I trust or distrust something. I can compare a myriad of content. I can also easily cross-reference and drill down until I am satisfied that I found what I was looking for.
So of course, when I received the text message about the fuel pump, I turned to Google. I learned that "the fuel pump is an integral element of any car or truck. Give the responsibility of literally pumping a vehicle's fuel from its tank to the engine, a malfunctioning fuel pump will usually lead to total disaster."
Reading that got my mind to spinning. I wanted to understand more about the fuel pump. Specifically, I wanted to know what caused the fuel pump to malfunction in the first place. This is what Google told me: "A leading cause of fuel pump failure is running the fuel tank low. Running such a vehicle out of fuel once can permanently damage the fuel pump. When the fuel level is low, the pump has to work much harder to produce the same pressure. This is because the reduced fuel weight no longer pushes fuel into the pump."
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I could have shouted right there where I was. You see, the fuel pump is to the car what a relationship with Christ is to us. It's everything!
- God created vehicles for an intended purpose. In its most simplest form, a vehicle transports. A car or truck is a vehicle that moves and carries things and people from place to place. You, too, are a vehicle. You were also created for a purpose beyond yourself. You were created as a a vessel of God to transport people and things from one level to another. Just like the make, model, size, and year of cars and trucks varies, so do we. The amount or type of people, things, ideas, thoughts, innovations, etc that you move may differ from everyone else around you. That's okay. Just know that you are a vehicle with an intended purpose.
- Vehicles are inoperable without fuel. Fuel is a material that burns to produce heat or power. With no power, there's no movement. Gasoline is fuel for cars, trucks, and lawn mowers. Food is fuel for our physical bodies. The word of God is fuel for our spiritual beings. The same way gasoline and food provide power for cars and people to operate, the scriptures of the bible provide power for our spirits to operate. We need a constant flow of the word of God in order for our spirits to move. In the same way that a car has a hard time moving without gasoline, we have a hard time moving without the word. Make the word of God a priority in your life. Fill up every chance you get.
- Flammable fluids must be maintained in safe containers. The flammable nature of gas can cause a fire. This is exactly why cars and trucks are equipped with fuel tanks. The fuel tank safely stores the gas to allow for proper release. This is the same thing that happens with our faith. Faith is a belief system that stores the word of God and is increased or decreased based on the amount of the word or experience that is poured into it. In the same way that the flow of gas is maintained in a fuel tank, God monitors our level of faith and taps into as He sees fit so that we don't have a combustion reaction at the wrong time. Your level of faith can only maintain itself with a supply of fuel, so keep it fueled with the word of God.
- There is no ability to propel from an empty container. In spite of an empty tank, a fuel pump will continue to try to create action and momentum. But there may be a cost. If there is no fuel in the fuel tank, there is great potential of harm to the fuel pump. Similarly, if there is no word and a lack of faith, it's likely that there will be harm in your relationship with Christ. It's our relationship that moves the word of God from just a word into an action. When we have a relationship with Christ we are better able to receive guidance and direction. When the word of God is in action in our lives, we are operating in our purpose.
Make sure your relationship with Christ is properly functioning. Fill up regularly on the word. It's critical to your ability to operate in the purpose for which you were intended.