From time to time, you hear about a plane that crashes — and you discover that, before the crash, the pilot radios that they have lost all power and are going down.
In a good scenario, the pilot is able to glide the plane down to safety. Yet, more often than not, the plane crashes because there was no power to control it any longer.
But whether it is able to glide in or it crashes, one thing is certain, a plane without power is going down.
The same thing takes place with our spiritual lives. We need to have power to stay flying. If our fuel source gets cut off, we will begin to decline. It is inevitable.
The longer your spiritual life is without fuel, the faster you go down and the harder it is to get back up again. It is easier to maintain a vital Christian life than it is to reinvigorate one.
Here’s the devil’s tactic — he works hard to cut you off from your fuel source. He doesn’t even have to attack you; he just has to get you to stop feeding your spiritual life and you will begin to decline.
It is inevitable.
So what is the fuel source for Christ’s followers? Where does our power come from? Here are four primary sources of fuel for a Christian.
First is regularly reading the word of God. This should be a daily practice. A regular, systematic Bible-reading plan is vital for a high-flying Christian life. Jesus said, “Man shall not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Elsewhere in Scripture, the word of God is called spiritual milk and in another place “meat,” with each a distinct reference to something that feeds us.
Next is daily prayer. Communication with the heavenly father through prayer not only feeds our spirit. It also helps to keep our relationship with him vital. Jesus said in what we call The Sermon on the Mount, “when you pray, pray like this.” There is no “if you pray,” it is “when you pray.” Jesus understood we needed to keep ourselves fueled and strong through prayer.
Third is weekly — and twice a week is even better — corporate worship and teaching at your local church. Way too many people think that they can have a strong and vital Christian life and not be a part of a local church. You can’t. The Bible says in Hebrews that we should “not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing.” It’s interesting that even in the first century, people who were Christ followers had to be encouraged to meet for worship. High-flying, vital Christians are in worship services at least once a week.
Fourth is relationships with other Christ followers. There is great strength gained from the prayers, encouragement and support of other believers. A Christian life lived without them will never be high-flying.
Check your power. Check your spiritual fuel gauge. How are you doing?
Is reading the Word of God and praying a daily part of your life? How about weekly worship and regular time spent with other believers? How you answer these questions will give you a quick and pretty accurate picture of whether your life has the power to stay aloft or whether you are on the way down.
Disagree if you want, but I’ve been following Jesus for almost 40 years, and I know from my own life and from observing hundreds of other lives that these four things are vital to fuel and feed our spirits. You either have power and your spiritual life is flying or the power is cut off and you are going down. That’s reality.
Is something keeping you cut off from your fuel source? Is it busyness, negative circumstances, hurt, laziness, sin, relationships that pull you away? You have to choose to stay fed and fueled because if you don’t, just like a plane that has lost power, you will go down.
If you are fueled up and flying high, keep it up. A high-flying Christian life is the greatest kind to have.