Posted by: Jo | September 18, 2015

What Fuels Our Lives?

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

(Matthew 5:6)

image There was an interesting story in our local newspapers this week about a gas station that inadvertently mixed a low octane gas with its much more expensive and higher rating gas. It caused much embarrassment to the station owners and much anger from the irate customers whose cars were designed to operate at their best on the higher level of gas. The equation was simple; higher level of fuel, higher level of performance.

In our present day society, athletes know the importance of what sort of fuel they put into their bodies to achieve their best performance. This may take the form of vitamins/ power drinks/ the right balance of proteins etc… So as Christians what is the fuel we use to keep ourselves as powerful servants of the Lord? How do we keep that high level of his love coursing through our very beings?

I love finding in Scripture, those little stories that have great depth, but might be overlooked in a casual reading. I was reading how God was telling Moses how to build the tabernacle, and he could have been thinking how are we ever going to do this when God explains who is really behind the process;

“Then the Lord said to Moses, See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts – to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze. To cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.”  (Exodus 31:1 – 5)

We can see where Bezalel got his fuel, he was filled with the Spirit of God.

What a great passage to remind us if we feeling like we are running on low we only have to go to our source of power and ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Unfortunately the world offers all sorts of different fuel.  We are bombarded through the media and tricked into thinking that we can achieve our goals by trusting ourselves to provide the impetus


image We can see the results of greed being the fuel for all sorts of activities. Selfishness can be the fuel to amassing wealth. Striving to be famous at whatever the cost is not far behind.

Our loving Lord offers us free of charge, all the power we will ever need. In fact the power is made to fit exactly the beloved child who is asking, the only step needed by us is to seek that fuel every day so we function exactly how our Creator designed us to be. The fuel supply is found in reading God’s word, spending time in prayer, worshiping him together with other believers, committing our lives to his direction every morning.

Our tanks will be overflowing if we take this beautiful prayer of Paul’s to heart;

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)


  1. Thank you Jo for the reminder to keep our spirit refuelled. I would like to share with you a prayer a good friend of mine said daily when she was alive.
    Lord Jesus, I want to share the life you have given me with those I meet every day.
    Please give me the wisdom through your spirit to know what to say and how to say it.
    Help me to meet the spiritual needs of those around me.
    Lord Jesus. I want my life to give glory to you. Amen.
    As for Jo M’s comment—She must have been wearing her rose-coloured glasses yesterday!
    God bless.


  2. Dear Jo,
    As I read that passage from Exodus which you quote here I thought of your friend Mary and the special talents with which the Holy Spirit has filled her. She is obviously a very gifted teacher of young children and is currently using that gift to help her youngest grand-daughter with her studies. Mary, like yourself, is an inspiration to the rest of us – and a lot of fun.


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