March 24, 2013

By-roads to Highways

Drove all day and all night. From the northern beauty of Michigan's deciduous and evergreen landscape, down through the majestic rolling boulder country of Tennessee and Kentucky, back to the brilliant, deep blue skies and flat coast-line country of Florida. It was a beautiful drive, even with three little boys (who handled the trip marvelously considering the conditions).

My wife and I enjoyed most of the drive. Along with other distractions, we bought a set of Adventures in Odyssey to listen to in the car. It was a great experience to look in the rear view mirror and see our boys staring into space, caught up in the radio dramatizations.

I say we enjoyed "most" of the trip, because Gods creation was an incredible display of His presence and glory to us as we drove, and there was little to ruin it for us - until we got to Georgia.

Now Georgia is a beautiful country, but the interstate route is littered with "Adult" store advertisements and "massage parlors". Seriously - littered.

I wonder where and when the people of Georgia decided that a little inconvenience or a little relenting of values would be forgivable as long as it was out of mind and out of sight. "Hey I won't be driving out that way." But little by little, "That way" became the entire interstate 65.

This is a blog, so I don't want to labor on this point too long, but I am sure it didn't start off as a full blown campaign to turn the Georgia interstate 65 into smut highway. So how did it happen? Little by little.

I want to ask you if you have something in your life that might possibly be a little out-of-the-way country road with some dirty little secret or inconvenient unrighteous truth?  Over time, if not addressed, that out-of-the-way little road could turn into a huge interstate highway.

Scripture says that if we claim to have fellowship with God, but walk in darkness, then we are .....liars. I don't like saying it, but that is what the Bible says. It doesn't seem to leave much wiggle room for us. 1 John 2: 3-6 says

3We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 4The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

Take a look at your life today. What are your plans? Is it a day that will celebrate your fellowship with God? Is it a day that will celebrate your relationship with Christ and honor Him? One day at a time. It's interesting, victory happens the same way that destruction does - little by little.

With you for His glory