In a seminary missions class, Herbert Jackson told how, as a new missionary, he was
assigned a car that would not start without a push. After pondering his problem, he
devised a plan. He went to the school near his home, got permission to take some children out of class, and had
them push his car off. As he made his rounds, he would either park on a hill or leave the
engine running. He used this ingenious procedure for two years.
Ill health forced the Jackson family to leave, and a new missionary came to that station. When Jackson proudly began to
explain his arrangement for getting the car started, the new man began looking under the hood. Before the explanation was
complete, the new missionary interrupted, "Why, Dr. Jackson, I believe the only trouble is this loose cable." He gave the cable
a twist, stepped into the car, pushed the switch, and to Jackson's astonishment, the
engine roared to life. For two years needless trouble had become routine. The power was there all the time.
Only a loose connection kept Jackson from putting that power to work.
J.B. Phillips paraphrases Ephesians l:19-20, "How tremendous is the power available to us who believe in God." When we make
firm our connection with God, his life and power flow through us.
Ernest B. Beevers.
One New Year's Day, in the Tournament of Roses parade, a beautiful float suddenly sputtered and quit. It was out of gas.
The whole parade was held up until someone could get a can of gas. The amusing thing was this float represented the Standard Oil Company. With its vast
oil resources, its truck was out of gas.
Often, Christians neglect their spiritual maintenance, and though they are "clothed with power" (Luke 24:49) find themselves
out of gas.
Steve Blankenship in God Came Near by Max
Lucado, Multnomah Press, 1987, p. 95.