I suspect the number of people who have never run out of gas in their car is far larger than those who have had this experience. People are quick to accept the premise that a car needs gas, and it is in their best interest to respond to that need. Otherwise it might mean a lonely two mile walk to the next gas station, and it will just be your luck to do this in a cold rain.
When speaking with a young lady who is new to the faith, I asked her questions about who Jesus is, what Christianity is all about. It was not long before we reached the bottom of her faith tank, and I could see some doubt creep into her eyes as she exasperated, “I just don’t know what I believe!”
It is common for new Christian to feel this way. The Truth of Gods' message of love, and the redemptive power of salvation has a power all on its own. I have seen this truth penetrate past illusion, and barriers of rebellion that seemed might never fall. But the sword of Truth can slice past these walls, to convict a heart and save a soul.
Paul knew this, and stressed time after time to commit to the constant renewal of your mind. He knew it is not enough to know what you believe, but to also know why you believe it. This takes me back to the question, “Why do you put gas in your car?” For people that have never run out of gas, how do they know that the myth of a finite gas tank is true? What evidence can they use to support the idea that a car, truly, can run out of gas, or that gas is really needed to keep it going?
It is possible to argue that the manufactures of cars are in cahoots with the sellers of gasoline, systematically stealing money from all of our pockets. Perhaps the little dial on the car dashboard that goes from Full to Empty is a ruse, designed to dupe us into putting a needless liquid into the car. How do you know that the car really does, in fact, need gas?
It seems absurd to ask this question. We know gas is needed because research papers, from experts of dozens of scientific fields, regarding energy transference have been published. We have the documented details from the designers, manufactures, and builders of cars that support the need for gasoline. We also have the personal testimony of others who have experienced the misery of walking two miles in cold rain to get gas for their lifeless car. The vast amount of evidence, testimony and experience works together with our ability to reason. We conclude, no matter what the price is, making a commitment to pay for gas just makes good sense.
Asking why you need faith is equally absurd as asking why you need gas. Humans need fuel to survive and meet basic needs. Food, shelter, security and recognition are part of these, but faith is equally, if not more so, important. We will all run out of fuel at some point in our lives. "I hit the bottom; reached the end of my rope; did not have the strength to go on; found that life has no meaning": these are common statements in personal testimony. They represent the feeling and affect of a person whose soul tank is empty.
But the story does not end there. “I was able to get back on my feet; had the power to overcome my problems; found renewed energy; built a new life with purpose”: are what people say after meeting Jesus and accepting Him into their hearts as Christ, Savior and Lord. Those are the words of people that are filled with something they can’t explain but they know to be real.
I seek out Christ because I know what it feels like to walk a lonely empty road without Him. I seek Him because I know from talking with the designer, learning from the published works of experts, the personal testimony of others and my own experience that Christ is the fuel for my human tank.