In a hurry? Extra passengers in the car? Head for the HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lane. This lane is especially helpful when traffic is heavy or slowed on the main highway. Without a string of cars in front of you, you easily move down the road to your destination.
In some places, the HOV lane has become a toll lane. While it saves you time, there may be a price. That’s life in the fast lane.
Which brings us to the point of this discussion. When your spiritual life is slowed down, and obstacles seem to block your progress, it’s time to move to the Faith Lane. You won’t find it as crowded, for fewer people have chosen this lane. There is a price: prayer, commitment, trust in God. And there are still obstacles. Mountains, in fact. But they move with merely a word.
The beauty of the Faith Lane is that you can take others with you. Your journey is graced with miracles, life-changes and spiritual fellowship. Your faith will touch the lives of others and inspire their faith.
Tired of plodding along in your Christian life without any real progress? Held back by discouragement and disappointment? Try life in the Faith Lane — with Jesus in the driver’s seat.
I will start living in the Faith Lane by putting my trust totally in Jesus as my Savior and guide in every decision.
With those two words, one Man changed the lives of twelve others, and through them, the history of the world.
What was it like to follow Jesus? In their day, it meant tramping over dusty roads from town to town, to ordinary places where extraordinary things would happen. Near a cemetery, where they would meet a deranged man. To a wedding, where the water would suddenly turn to garnet and amaze the palate of unsuspecting guests. To a Samaritan well, where Jesus would do the unthinkable: talk to a woman and drink from her cup!
As time went on, those two words took on a deeper meaning. “Follow My words. Follow My mission. Follow my Example.”
We would like to think that life with Jesus was exciting, amazing and inspiring. But it was also unpredictable, dangerous and full of questions. To follow Him was like a dare — a challenge. A call to a mystery cloaked in the ordinary.
What does it mean to follow Jesus today? Much the same. To go where others refuse to go. To carry a light into the darkness. To speak words of hope and deliverance. To love. To forgive. To be like Him.
I will seek to “follow Jesus” in everything I say and do this week and going forward.