You can't reach your destination going the wrong way
You can go whatever direction you want, but going the wrong way isn't going to get you where you're going faster.
Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. (1 Corinthians 9:19)
Have you ever tried to navigate a big city without GPS or a map? I don’t recommend it, even if you have a stellar sense of direction. Always have a map handy.
I have the worst sense of direction known to man. Oh, the stories I can tell you (and the stories my riders can tell you). There was one time I was driving a carload of friends back to Kansas from Colorado, and I pulled out onto the road going back toward the mountains.
Think about that. I knew we were going to Kansas. But I turned back toward the mountains, thinking I was going the right way.
Yeah, you can imagine the confused outcry from my passengers. (“Do you see that giant mountain up there? The one you’re driving toward now? On one planet is that in Kansas?”)
In situations like that, obviously, I’m the driver. I can drive the direction I want to. It’s my car. But if the goal is to get home to Kansas, and I’m driving in the wrong direction, it doesn’t matter what I think is right. If I want to get us home, I need to turn around.
There are many times in life when we are going to be rocking along doing what we think is the right thing, and someone is going to come up beside us and point out that we’re going the wrong way.
Now, use your brain, of course. If the person who’s telling you that you’re lost isn’t using God’s Word as their source of information, it’s probably not a good idea to listen to them. But if they are?
Hey, you have the freedom to go whatever direction you want, but if you’re wrong, not only are you going to end up in a place you don’t want to be, but you will have brought your passengers along with you.
Yes, you are free to make your own choice. But freedom often means being humble about when you’re wrong. Surrender your will to God. Let Him direct you. Because He knows where you’re going better than you do. And the best part about it is if you are willing to go the direction He says is best, you might even lead some others to Him along the way.
Questions for Reflection
Why is humility an important part of being free?
How can you tell if someone who is giving you directions is actually right?
When was a time when you had to turn around and trust that God was leading you in the right direction?
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