Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | October 5, 2015

October 5, 2015 “Running On Empty”

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)


Good Morning Everyone. This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Yesterday as I was watching a little television, a commercial came on advertising the thirty year anniversary of the movie trilogy “Back To The Future”. First of all, it’s a little ironic that we’re now in the “future” years alluded to in the film when it was first released, but that’s not really where I’d like to focus our attention today. Rather, I’d like to consider the mechanical nature of the “time machine” invented by Emmitt Brown that made time travel possible in the film. As you recall, the machine was essentially a DeLorean automobile fitted with an invention called a “Flux capacitor” powered by plutonium (and later by a gadget the venerable Doc Brown invented called “Mr. Fusion.”), while the engine itself was fueled simply by gasoline, as originally designed. This became somewhat of a dilemma when the time travelers found themselves transported back to the year 1885 and the automobile’s fuel line was damaged, leaving them without the gasoline essential to power the engine. The car was designed to run on gasoline which had not as yet been invented in 1885.

While it is now true that there are some vehicles that will now run on alternate power sources such as electricity, solar power, or propane, they still require some specific fuel in order for them to operate as they are designed to operate. Putting water into a vehicle designed to run on gasoline will be of no use. Filling an electrically powered vehicle with coal will not suffice. Wind power will not be strong enough to move a diesel locomotive. Each requires a specific fuel…that particular power source for which it was designed. None can continue running on empty.

People are no different. Physically, we require physical food. Spiritually, we are designed in such a way that we require food which only our Creator, God, can supply. In the Christian classic “Mere Christianity”, C.S. Lewis wrote,

“Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”

In our spirit and soul, we long for happiness and peace. We may seek for those things in many places, but as we are fashioned by our Creator to find these things in Him alone, we will discover that they are as elusive and unattainable apart from Him.  Jesus told his disciples, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” Apart from him there is only futility. In Him and Him alone is true happiness and peace found. What’s in your fuel tank? Let’s pray!

Everlasting Lord; You alone are the source of all joy, all happiness, all contentment, all fulfillment. My restless heart finds its rest in Thee. To You be the glory now and forevermore. Amen.



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