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Sat, Aug 05 2017 - 06:21 AM

541 LIFE IS A HIGHWAY.

Proverbs 16:17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

You have heard me compare the Christian walk to a drive on the highway and the drivers there but I am going to try to compare it in more detail here.

The very first thing we must do is pick our vehicle for our drive (life).

We can choose a self-serving vehicle, like a sports car, racing car, off roader, antique, or one practical for our needs.

Those who choose a vehicle for their own purposes are not interested in God or others, but are making a conscious choice to first service themselves. This is the same as those who decide to live life their way, not the way God wants life lived. Unless they have a change of heart, these drivers will exhibit selfish and aggressive behavior on their drive through life.

There are many vehicle, which are suited for different purposes but the Lord always has the right vehicle for the purpose He will CALL YOU TO.

1Corinthians 7:17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.

We should get familiar with our vehicle so we can get the best performance from it.

The Lord will give us a law book to compare our vehicle to, God’s word (the Bible) and an instructor to ride along with us; the Holy Ghost. Both are to be consulted regularly for proper efficiency. This law book or life manual, will always be correct and the instructor will always refer back to the law book.

The Bible will always be the reason for our conduct, if we are driving correctly.

We cannot expect to be expert drivers in the beginning so it is important to be cautious and studious until we know, for sure, we can drive well. Our instructor will be very helpful, at first, but will expect us to gradually take more control as we learn and know we are doing it right. However, He will never leave us alone and will be there to help as we need, and ask Him, for help.

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Now, we can start our journey. We can fire up our engines and pull into the traffic of this world.

One of the first dangers one will encounter is that of being led astray by the wrong habits of the other drivers. Most of the other drivers have their own way of thinking and act on their impulses. This is selfish and dangerous but many get away with it because they think no one is watching. They will be sadly surprised to find their judgement waiting for them at the end of their journey.

1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Our drive will be guided by our manual but it is constantly backed up by signs and evidences marking the sides, top, and surrounding areas of the road, we are travelling on. All of the signs are put there for our benefit, and the safety of all.

Again, there will be many who ignore the signs and will be driving for themselves; caring little for those around them.

We are all heading to the same destination but there are two gates, and everyone will have to go through one of them.

Those who are in a hurry and wickedly speed, pass illegally, or do anything contrary to the laws and regulations, will arrive at one specific gate while those who diligently practice good driving skills, obey the laws, and drive safely with each other, will arrive at the second, smaller gate.

Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Our instructor will lead us to the small gate and will be with us on the other side. Those who do not want, or will not obey, their instructor, will leave Him before they arrive at the large gate and will not have their instructor after going through that gate.

This is important, because the instructor will have a say in our evaluation test(judgement).

Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

Not getting caught, for breaking the law, does not mean that the criminal got away with his activity. It just means that he thinks he is safe until he arrives in the courts (judgement) and finds out that all his driving was recorded and will be presented against him in court.

Those who obey and drive well, will be presented with their mistakes but our instructor will give His account of His evaluation and will obtain mercy for us.

Jude 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Life, like driving, is a life or death experience every day. It should be undertaken seriously and carefully and in accordance to the will of our God and His instructor, Jesus Christ.



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