23rd July 2018

Range Anxiety 

“And I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns.”
Philippians 1:6 (LB)

You may be aware that the government currently provides a subsidy of £5000 on every electric car you purchase. Even with that subsidy they are still very, very expensive and sell in small numbers. The reason why is not just because they are expensive but because of range anxiety, the number of miles an electric car will travel before the batteries need re-charging and the current shortage of electric charging points. Most battery powered cars do less miles on a single charge than the manufacturers claim. So they are fine for short local journeys, but a worry if you have a long trip.

Some Christians also suffer from range anxiety, wondering if they can endure to the end, as it says we must in Matthew 10:22. Wondering if they have what it takes to be a Christian over their complete lifetime. Wondering if they have the faith and strength to face and overcome the trials of their lives. But as our heading scripture shows we are not alone and if we suffer from range anxiety it’s because we are looking inwards, not upwards.

We must not minimise the pain and difficulty of the trials we have to face, but we must never forget that it does not depend on our strength, on what we can or cannot do, but on what Jesus Christ has already done for us and for all humanity. As a famous pop song tells us, “You are not alone, I am here with you!” If we were on our own then we would have range anxiety, worrying if we could make it. But our incredible God is with us every step of the way, actually sharing his life with us. In times of joy, delight and success; in times of pain, depression and struggle, God is with us and never leaves us!

The batteries in an electric car need regular re-charging or the car just stops. We can recharge ourselves through prayer, Bible study, church services and occasional fasting, but even if we don’t, we are connected to a power source that will never, ever fail us. However far we have to travel in this life we never need suffer from range anxiety.

Loving, merciful Father, you know our weakness and frailty so well, yet you still love us and want a relationship with us. What are we, gracious Father, that you should love us so much that you sent your son, Jesus Christ, to die for us, and as our resurrected Lord and Saviour to live in us and through us to radiate love for all humanity. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Keith Hartrick

About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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