Fill it Up!

Read: 2 Peter 3:14-18

Do you ever find it hard to find time to fill up your vehicle with gas?  Or maybe you just don’t like to do it?  According to a recent news story your solution may have arrived.  There is a new app for smartphones and tablets that allows you to hire someone to fill your vehicle with gas while you are at work, or even overnight while you’re home sleeping.   You place the order on the app and the delivery person simply pulls alongside your vehicle in a pickup truck with a gasoline container in the bed, unrolls the hose with a nozzle and fills your tank.

The price does include a markup for the service but at current gas prices that still makes this very affordable.  Here’s the catch though, right now this service is only available in a few larger cities in the U.S..  It might be a while before you can take advantage of this in Arthur or other rural communities, but then again it may provide an opportunity for someone as well.  Create your own app, buy a pickup truck, a tank, and you are in business.

After I read about this new service I was inclined to ask myself, “Have we really become that busy that we can’t even find the time or the energy to put gas in our vehicles?”  If we are getting to that point then I am concerned about some of the other necessities in life.  I mean who can we hire to go and buy our milk and bread the next time a snow storm is approaching?  Hmmm.  Maybe there is another business opportunity for someone.

All joking aside, we do need to think about how overbooked and stressed out our schedules might be.  In 2 Peter 3 we are encouraged to find time to grow in our faith and in our relationship with Jesus.  In verse 18 Peter says, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”  How do we do that?  What does that look like?  And can we find time for it?

One of the first ways to grow spiritually is to increase our desire to grow.  When we have a desire and we see the benefits of this we will be sure to make time for it.  Times of prayer, opportunities to read or listen to God’s Word, attending church to learn, grow, and fellowship with other believers, loving and serving others in the name of Christ, all of these provide us opportunities to grow spiritually.

In our lives I hope that we are keeping things in the correct perspective and the right order.  I hope that we find time to grow spiritually and desire a closer walk with Jesus in our lives.  I hope that we turn to God instead of all the other worldly options available that leave us empty and wanting more.  Finally, I hope that someone does not have to create an app in order for us to do these things.

Make it Personal:  Think about your own schedule and the time you are devoting to your life with Christ.  How is your time of prayer and Bible reading?  How is your church attendance?  How is your desire to grow spiritually?  If the Holy Spirit is encouraging you to make a change in any of those areas I would encourage you to listen to that voice.  Let’s grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus together!

Have a great week,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church