Saturday, December 3, 2022

Three cheers for oil

From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin

I was having a conversation earlier this fall with my auto mechanic while picking up my car after an oil change and he shared with me two important tips about proper vehicle maintenance.

“For the inner care, the engine” he said, “make sure you have regular oil and filter changes. For the outer care, the body, have it oil guarded each year before the snow flies.”

He went on to say that there are other items for proper maintenance but these two were the most important.

I remarked to him that oil was a key ingredient for staying on top of a car’s proper overall working condition.

It then occurred to me that oil is also a metaphor used in Scripture to describe the person of the Holy Spirit.

Oil lubricates and prevents friction in the working of a car, and the oil of the Holy Spirit lubricates the areas of your life where the friction of life’s challenges and conflicts threaten to bring us down.

When Jesus walked on this earth, He had the anointing of the Holy Spirit on Him.

Just as the priests were anointed with fragrant oil on the day of their ordination, so Jesus was anointed with the oil of the Holy Spirit in order to touch the lives of many.

Look what it says in Acts 10:38: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”

As I look back over my life, I can see many times where God’s intervention spared me much grief.

I just cannot imagine my life without God’s presence in it, showing me the way and helping me out when I come up against something that is too much for me to handle.

Christmas is just around the corner and serves as an excellent time to investigate the claims of Jesus in the Bible.

The church doors are open to you and a warm welcome awaits.

Why not check Him out this Christmas?

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