Are You Running in the Right Direction?
“Make sure of your commitment to Jesus Christ, and seek to follow Him every day. Don't be swayed by the false values and goals of this world, but put Christ and His will first in everything you do.” - Billy Graham
I am a person that can become easily distracted. I find myself working on something very important and suddenly the least little thing can throw me off course. My problem is that it can sometimes take me awhile to get refocused and moving back in the direction I need to be going.
One of the most critical areas affected by this issue is that of our spiritual lives. Far too often, we can become easily distracted and headed in the wrong direction spiritually. The problem here is that it is never intentional. No one who loves the Lord ever gets up in the morning and says “I think I am going to drift away from God today.” Instead, what happens is that we make little decisions that begin to take us slightly off course. After making a lot of these not so good small decisions, we find ourselves way off course in our walk with God.
Billy Graham is calling this change of direction being “swayed by the false values and goals of this world.” That is what I believe happens to us at times. It is as simple as not realizing we are putting our careers ahead of our family and the time we invest in them. This directional shift will not cause disaster overnight but it will over time have devastating effects on our family and especially our children.
Also, it could be as simple as letting the values of this culture begin to seep into our way of living. We often try and convince ourselves that this one little indiscretion is no big deal. Yet, each time we step in that direction the next indiscretion gets a little easier. Pretty soon, we have a life that is controlled by the wrong things and headed completely in the wrong direction.
Dr. Graham tells us instead to put Christ and His will for our lives first in everything we do. This means that we daily have to allow God to “examine our hearts and know us” as the Bible teaches. By doing so, we can quickly know from God if we are beginning to head in the wrong direction.
I want to spend my life running hard after God. I pray that we will all stop once in a while and ask God to examine the direction of our lives. There have been plenty of times when God used the truth of Galatians 5:7 to redirect my path. That verse declares: “You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth?”
Is there anything holding us back today from completely following the truth and heading in God’s direction?