The Tank vs. The Pipe

Our role in living out the Christian life.

A dear friend of mine, named Andrea, wrote a great reminder about our role as believers.

We want others to know Jesus. But what is our responsibility in that?

Here is an excerpt from my friend…

Too often I think of myself as a sort of spiritual tank that needs refilling, rather than a conduit, or a pipe that lets God’s grace and power flow through me.

If I think of myself as a tank, then I am only able to do what I think I’m capable of based on what’s in the tank.

Just like a car with a fuel gauge, I may stop trusting God for supernatural provision in the moment. If I think of myself as a kind of storage tank for the Spirit, I’m putting a natural limit on what God can do through me. His power is only to the extent of what I have stored up.

Even though it’s true my capacity as a human being is limited, God Himself tells us that His power is that which raised Jesus from the dead, and it is always available to us.

If I will see myself more as a pipe through which His power flows, then there is no limit to what His power may look like in my life. He is always available to answer. And He promises that if we ask Him that which is according to His will, He will answer.

Our relationship with God isn’t a “tank” mentality; it is continual dialog, a spring of living water.

The growth of the relationship has to do with the increasing intimacy—how I feel in the moment, will I share what is most on my heart, what I am most afraid of, the unedited, unscripted reality of my messy heart?

Here’s a second way we rely on ourselves. From Warren Wiersbe*:

“The trouble with too many of us is that we think God called us to be manufacturers when He really called us to be distributors.

He alone has the resources to meet human needs; all we can do is receive His riches and share them with others.”

What pushes us over to the manufacturing side? In a sense, it’s over‐extending responsibility—we can go overboard trying to supply what others need, rather than looking to the Lord to supply it.

May you rest in God’s direction, his leading, him supplying what you need to accomplish what he wants. Remain as a pipe, rather than a storage tank!!


Marilyn Adamson
director of StartingwithGod.com
EveryStudent.com, EveryPerson.com, EveryStudent.info

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