Two friends set out on the same business separately and got called to meet with a dealer in a very far place away from their home. The idea was whoever got there first gets the deal.
So these two started preparing for the journey. Iyke and Dave decided to visit the mechanic’s workshop separately again; they concentrated solely on the outter body parts of their cars.
Then the day to set out came, Iyke was sure he would get to the dealer before Dave. He said, my car is faster than yours, I have been driving for too long a time, and I know all the “short routes”. Dave who started driving only two years ago doubted himself but was optimistic.
As they set out, Iyke was as fast as the wind, Dave went slowly.
Suddenly, Dave got informed that he had not checked his oil level so he decided to get that done before he gets too far into the journey. Iyke laughed at him when he was told and said, “you see, I don’t use cheap cars like yours, nothing can go wrong with the oil level of mine, see you at the top!”
After Dave finished with lubrication, he set out again but this time, faster because he felt he had lost so much time but the car was now fit.
10 minutes to the location of the dealer, Iyke had to stop as the brake of his car began to fail him and the engine shut down.
Yes you guessed right . . .
Dave met him there, overtook him, got to the dealer, and got the deal signed.
Iyke cried bitterly saying, I RAN OUT OF OIL!!!
Oil is an essential item for any automobile. It lubricates and keeps the engine going.
Iyke like so many people in this Christian race are overconfident and feel self sufficient. Rather than remove the log of wood in their eyes first they are busy removing pegs from others. They intimidate and oppress the so called “baby” Christians according to their definition rather than keep looking up to Jesus for strength for the race.
Dave knew he could only rely on God and His Word for the race and that kept him moving till he got the prize.
Friends, keep knowing and studying and doing the Word. Don’t become too familiar with it that you feel you know it all.
We’re in the same race but we cannot run it the same way.
So don’t become judgemental; many judgemental Christians will be dazed on Judgement Day especially when they see people they do not expect to see in heaven.
Don’t be like Iyke and Dave who thought the outward appearance is all that matters, the heart is the most essential part that interest God. When you forget the oil and you’re reminded, do something about it like Dave, the signs are always there.
Don’t hate or forsake correction.
Examine yourself daily to see if you are still on track. Keep oiling the heart as everything that is seen originates from there.
Guard your heart diligently with God’s Word.
It’s not how fast but how well that matters. Don’t run out of oil like the Five (5) foolish virgins. . .
Keep oiling your lamp, keep it burning.
Don’t be sorry when the Bridegroom comes. . . He will definitely come though He tarries. . .
While you wait, watch!