Once, service stations had attendants who would ask, “How much, mate?”
Generally, the reply was “fill ‘er up, mate”.
Then came press-buttons: one dollar, five dollars, 10 dollars, fill or reset.
Now very specific dollar amounts can be punched in.
Think about this: daily God stands by you and offers a total fill-up of his love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (see Galatians chapter five, verses 22-23).
But do we say “thanks – fill me up mate” or “no thanks – I don’t need your love today, I’m fine”?
“Joy?” we ask.
“Well, yesterday was a bit down. Maybe today I’ll have a bit.”
“School holidays start next week. Yes, I could do with some peace.
“Patience? Don’t believe my family. I have the patience of Job – whoever he is.
“Goodness? Do you know how many clubs I support? Plus, I go to church almost every Sunday, so I guess we can pass on that.
“Now about faithfulness – I’m not sure. Faithfulness about what? Faithful to whom?
“I suppose gentleness and self-control probably go together, may help me get on with others. Yeah, I’ll have a top-up. Shouldn’t need much.
“Now: what do I owe you?”
“Well actually, when nailed on that cross, my son Jesus paid for everything,” says God.
“A small hint: you may need a bit more of what I’m offering than you think.
“Perhaps have a good look at yourself and come back to me.
“I’m always here.
“As for ‘stop delivery’, that’s not me!”