Jesus’ name comes with guidelines

Leonard Lauriault

I noticed an interesting combination of words and symbols on the back of another car while sitting at a red light recently.

First, the words “Flex Fuel” were prominently displayed indicating that the car’s engine can run on fuel containing from 0 to 85% ethanol (E85), with the remainder being gasoline. While these vehicles have only been readily available since about the turn of this century, their prototypes built by Henry Ford at the turn of the last century initially ran on 100% ethanol. Gasohol (E10, up to 10% ethanol) has been available since the 1973 oil crisis, but currently, only a few gas stations in New Mexico carry E85 although more are.

Ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline and is a renewable energy source because it can be made by fermenting and distilling any organic material from corn to cow manure. Newer engines running on ethanol apparently don’t lose power like they used to, and there can actually be a boost in power, but fuel efficiency can drop 25 to 30% when using E85 (E85 usually costs less too, but not 25% less). Also, although cleaner burning, ethanol still generates pollutants. Consequently, its value is primarily in reducing America’s dependency on foreign sources of non-renewable fossil fuels.

Back to the back of the car in front of me, right above the words “Flex Fuel” was the fish symbol within which was Jesus’ name. It was the “Flex Fuel” – fish symbol combination that intrigued me.

Only Jesus’ power is flexible enough and sufficient to meet all our needs in accomplishing his will for our lives (we should view his will as our need; Ephesians 3: 20, 21; Philippians 4: 13, 19; 2 Peter 1: 3, 4; 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10). Jesus’ power is the only truly renewable source of energy and the most efficient being based on his indestructible life (Hebrews 7: 16; John 10: 14-19). In fact, it’s the only source of energy by which anything can be accomplished (John 15: 3-5; 1: 2, 3; Colossians 1: 15-17). Unlike fuels burned in cars that can leave carbon build up in the engine and emit air polluting fumes, Jesus’ blood has wonderworking cleansing power (Hebrews 9: 14; Acts 22: 16; Ephesians 5: 25-27; Titus 3: 3-7; 1 John 1: 7).

While Jesus’ power is based on his eternal nature demonstrated by his resurrection, his name carries a power of its own and misuse of his name can backfire (pun intended, Acts 19: 11-16). The power of any name is to be used only as authorized by the person to whom the name belongs (Colossians 3: 17). Consequently, those who wear the name of Christ are to live Christlike lives (1 John 2: 3-6). Similarly, any fuel containing ethanol (even only 10%) can damage older engines and should only be used in properly designed engines. Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual for details.

Whose power are you running on? Have you read the owners manual for proper use of Jesus’ name and to gain his power?

Leonard Lauriault is a member of the Church of Christ in Logan. Contact him at: