When it comes time to fill our tanks at the gas pump, most of us complain (at least a little) about the high cost. It's impossible to ignore the gas tank of our vehicles though, because as soon as they get empty, we can't go anywhere! 

 Paul is continuing on here on his theme from verse 8: 
 Being held captive by philosophy and deceit sounds worse than running out of gas in our car, but we often take more care of our cars than we do in making sure that we're in good condition spiritually (probably because the effects are more immediate and impossible to miss with our cars). 

 Christians are told that we have been (past tense) filled up with Christ. Imagine taking your car that was just filled up with the best quality gasoline, and pouring out a good deal of that gasoline on the ground and replacing it with water. That sounds crazy, but it's a good image of what we do when we replace some of the Spirit in us with something lesser from this world. Just like the car filled with water, we won't operate any better by being filled up with the empty philosophies of this world. Actually, we've made a rotten trade that will only destroy us in the end. It will hold us captive, and we will be more useless than a car with a tank full of water (or sawdust, or grape juice, or any other substance that isn't what it was made to be filled up with)

 We were designed to be filled up with Christ, and He has freely given us that 'filling up', one that is more precious than any price per gallon of our natural gasoline. Are we using it? Or are we trying to replace His blessings with the empty deceits of this world? 

 
 


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    I'm a recent homeschool and college graduate, passionate about living life as God intended. I love reading, writing, the piano, Curly horses, quotes, and all of the little beauties in life. I'm learning how to cook gluten free and live in light of 2 Corinthians 12:9. My prayer is to live a life of grace and truth in 
    every day of this earthly life. 

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