He used to call me from time to time to talk to me about things the Lord had laid on his heart to tell me. My dad was like that…always thinking about how he could encourage his children and grandchildren.
Our conversations weren’t long…..much much shorter than the ones my mom and I had after he hung up the phone.
One day, years ago, he called early one morning to remind me that gasoline is a byproduct of oil.
“Remember, we never drill for gasoline; we drill for oil,” he had said. And that was all.
hmmm…. interesting conversation….short…sweet…and full of wisdom that has stayed with me throughout the years —life-changing wisdom.
And that is this: So often people try and try and try to change their behavior.
What they don’t realize is that they are drilling for gasoline!
Oil, as crude as it may appear when it comes out of the ground and requiring much refinement in order to yield a useful product, is my only hope for producing gasoline.
Christ in me is my ONLY hope of glory!
The BYPRODUCT of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control.
How about you? Are you still drilling for gasoline, or have you hit pay dirt?
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20