Fuelling up (30-09-21)
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins…We know that we live in him, and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
(1 John 4: 8-10, 14)
We seem to have a problem filling our tanks with petrol. Apparently, there is enough available at the refineries, but not enough being delivered locally. Moreover, when it has been delivered, other people are likely to take what is available.
Empty shelves in supermarkets reflect a similar failure to move food from the fields to the shops.
There are ways around these problems. For example, for fuel needed for a journey, I have had success visiting petrol stations early in the morning, after overnight deliveries have replenished stocks.
But it shouldn’t be this difficult, and my action should not disadvantage access from others.
By comparison, there are no problems with the supply chain of God’s love.
There is a limitless source of love in God. This love will be delivered directly to us, once we have made our connection through Jesus. The Holy Spirit arrives to ensure that delivery of love is continuous and personal.
We can enjoy as much love as we like, and it does not affect the amount of love available to others. Others can also choose to enjoy a personal and limitless supply of love from the same source.
So we don’t need to worry that the daily problems we have fuelling our tanks and stomachs have any relevance to the supply of love from God to fill our hearts.
The supply of love will never be broken by God because the source now lives within us.
Thank you for loving me every second of every day.
I pray that I may never take for granted the sacrifice made for me by Jesus Christ,
nor ignore the promptings I receive from the Holy Spirit.