Every time I pass by a gas station these days, there’s a temptation to hold my breath as the sign comes into view and I can make out the price per gallon.
And every time the price is a few cents higher than it was the day before (or even a few hours prior), it’s easy to succumb to frustration and fear.
“There’s no way that gas could’ve shot up this quickly without price gouging.” That’s one thought.
Another prevalent one goes like this: “How the hell am I supposed to use my money for other purposes when more and more of it goes to the pump?”
Life always seems to have no trouble getting harder. It always seems to have a problem moving forward. Gas prices go up; our salaries don’t. Health-care costs rise; your ability to pay for them remains stagnant. And so on.
It’s easy to buy into the lie that things will always be this way. You’ll always have a need to be anxious and concerned with the future.
The Gospel is an assurance of that.
Jesus died for our sins and rose from the grave. The evil that resides in us has been broken. The prison of death, in which we all had a cell reserved, has had its doors kicked down from the inside.
Jesus’ resurrection is the first sign of the world to come. It’s a world in which God’s beauty radiates in everything, through every person. It’s a world in which justice reigns and mercy is beloved.
What we spent a lifetime pursuing through our obedience of Christ will have been realized. Jesus will free this world from everything that would hold it captive–and that includes everyone who wants the freedom he offers here and now. One day, it will arrive in full.
That’s good news for us, because we have much bigger problems than the cost of fuel–and they’ve been handed their walking papers by God Himself.
That’s good news for those of us struggling under the weight of gas prices, because the victory of Christ means that things aren’t always going to be this way.
The world is moving toward something better, mightier, wondrous.
Uninhibited joy will be a part of it. Anxiety will not.
So don’t fret too much the next time you hear of rising gas prices.
They’re on borrowed time.