1 John 2 – Fri – 23-02-03

Way back in time, I performed my own auto tune-ups. As a poor college student, I needed to stretch my pennies. I invested in a few tools, a timing light and the shop manual for my Japanese economy car. This was the era of points, plugs and condensers. The car would be an antique today. Besides tune-ups, I changed the oil and even checked my radiator fluid. I’d open the radiator, stick the hose of the tester in the fluid, squeeze the bulb and suck up liquid into the device. Little colored balls were used to determine what cold temperatures the anti-freeze would endure. The more balls that floated, the better.

Have you ever wanted a way to tune up your spiritual life? Or would a diagnostic tool to check how you are doing be useful? Unfortunately, we can’t suck a little of our heart into a device and see how many colored balls float. But we can look at 1 John 2:16, “For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world.” (NIV)

This passage tells us to check for the pollutants of lust, self and stuff. If your heart is filled with them, the love of the Father is not in you. Today, check what fills your heart.

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