Monday, April 22, 2019

Full Service Guaranteed - Martin Wiles

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NLT

Occasionally, I’ll drive by the shell of one—or at least see an advertising sign rising in the middle of nowhere.

When I was a young boy, self-service gas stations had not materialized. Full-service stations ruled the gas fueling world. Most had a garage where an on-site mechanic could do small—and sometimes—extensive repairs. This worked well for travelers who needed repairs but didn’t want to go to a car dealership.

Cars ran over a hose when pulling up to the gas tanks. This activated a bell letting the attendant—who might be the mechanic—know a customer awaited. While the car was fueled, the attendant washed the windows and checked the tire pressure, the oil level, and the wiper washer fluid. If the oil was low, he grabbed a quart from a display located between the tanks, inserted a funnel, and poured it in the reservoir. 

All of this came at no extra charge. Perhaps a few of these full-service stations still exist somewhere, but I’ve not seen one in years. Everything is do-it-yourself, including the opportunity to do the same at many retail stores.

Paul worshipped a full-service God. One he said supplied all his needs and would for anyone else who chose to follow Him.

God serves His children in marvelous ways. He gives us all the love we need. Humans can provide a form of love, but the love we give each other will never match God’s love. His love is agape’. It gives even when it receives no response. A major part of God’s nature is love.

God serves us by giving us everything we need to exist. He promises His children food, water, clothes, and shelter. They may not come in the abundance we want, but they’ll come in the amount we need to survive.

God’s service comes in the form of spiritual gifts. He has a wonderful plan for each of His children, and He gifts us so we can carry out that plan. He’ll never call us to do anything He doesn’t equip us to do.

God also serves us with a promise of eternity with Him. A glorious existence where sin, pain, disappointment, and the ills of this world will be forever absent.

Don’t settle for replacements that will always disappoint. Serve the full-service God.

Prayer: Father, we praise You for serving us to the fullest by meeting every need we have. 

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