I am currently house sitting for a family member and driving there car once a week to keep things in working order. I recently went to take the car for a drive and it would not start. The battery was working, the engine was turning over but it would not start. I was going out of town so I left the car thinking this is going to have to wait. Fast forward over a week, I tried again and the same result. I know nothing about cars. But for whatever reason I remembered that the gas tank was very low last time I drove the car. Similarly it had been sitting awhile. I thought to myself what if it just needs new gas? I replaced the gas and the car seemed to be in perfect working order.
When I was a gymnast our coaches commonly talked to us about eating properly and drinking enough water. They frequently used the analogy of our body being like a car. If you don’t give the car gas then it will not run. What we put into our bodies is like our gas. Our physical gas includes our nutrition, exercise, sleep, etc. But Jesus was also clear that we do not live by bread alone. We very much have a spiritual gas tank which is of great eternal purpose then our physical one. If we do not fill up our spiritual gas tank with the living water offered to us by Jesus then we will run dry. We will stop. We will be like the car unable to start.
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:1-4
We do not easily forget about of physical gas tank because we grow tired, we get hungry, we get thirsty. Although feeding our physical gas tank is important, of even greater importance is our spiritual gas tank. Yet we so easily forget this essential element. How do we feed our spiritual gas tank? Prayer, repentance followed by submission and obedience to God, meditating on God’s word and Christian fellowship are all important elements to make sure our spiritual gas tank is full and we are not running on empty. Which do you prioritize more? Your spiritual gas tank or your physical gas tank? Or do you tend to neglect both?