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Regular or Ethyl?

Be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18

When I first started driving there were two distinct choices at the gas station, regular gas or Ethyl. To put it simply, if you had a big car with a powerful, high performance engine, you needed Ethyl gas. The car could still run on regular gas, but it would not perform well. With Ethyl in the tank the car would sing, without Ethyl the car would ping.

Like a high performance car, we were made to operate on Ethyl gas. Living life on inferior gasoline makes us ping instead of sing. We cannot live life in our own strength or depend upon our own resources—we were not made to go it alone, or do it alone.

We were made by God and for His purposes. To live the life that God made us to live, we must be totally dependent upon Him. In fact, God has not given us the option to “get by” on the regular gasoline of our own resources. Instead He tells us that without Him (and His resources) we can do nothing.

Where does the power come from to live the life that God has created us to live? It is not by our natural might or power, but by God’s Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). We are not to fill up our life at the gas pump of “regular living.” Instead, God wants us to fill up our lives at the river of “supernatural living.” That river, that life, that person, is the Holy Spirit.

Our journey is long (for a lifetime) and the needs are great. We need more than half-a-tank to finish the race. None of us should push on in our own strength until we run out of gas and end up parked on the side of the road with an empty tank. In Ephesians 5:18 we are told to be filled with the Spirit (and to keep on being filled). His filling is abundant and freely given, and He is more than able to keep us full as we drink of Him moment by moment and day by day.

Roy Lessin/Meet me in the meadow

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