“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” Matthew 5:48 (MSG)
Right Lane Ends – 2.5 Miles
The ominous warning flashed on the sign sitting on the shoulder of the interstate. For a moment, I imagined the right lane leading to a bottomless crevasse and Terry and I plummeting over the edge in our little silver car. Then I decided to get into the left lane.
Of course, the right lane didn’t actually end, it was in the process of being resurfaced. Traffic slowed as drivers who didn’t heed the warning began to inch in to the left lane.
Delays Possible – Use Alternate Route
Delays. I hate delays! My GPS provides me with an estimated arrival time to my destination. That, to me, is a “time to beat.” I always do my best to whittle that time down as I’m driving. I told Terry to hang on as I quickly changed lanes and zigzagged through the pylons marking the exit ramp from the interstate.
I chuckled as I thought of all those other people I left behind, just sitting on the interstate, not moving, not making any progress toward their goal. Although I was going straight south instead of east, at least I was moving. It didn’t matter that I was not longer moving toward my destination. Moving at least makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something. My GPS recalculated this new, odd route and added 30 minutes onto the destination time. RATS!!
Finally, after a few miles and 2 more turns we were back to the interstate and the faster, more direct route to our destination.
If you have lived long enough, you have seen the Right Lane Ends sign on the road that is your life. The right lane on the interstate is the lane that takes you to your final destination. It’s the through lane; it’s the lane that, if you stay in it, keeps you on the right track toward where you’re going. What happens when health, employment, relationships, finances, when the things you know; suddenly, with little, or no warning, end?
Finding God’s Will for Your Life
Growing up in church, “the will of God” was spoken about it in mystical, almost magical terms, sometimes using a spooky voice. If a Christian had enough faith, prayed for enough understanding, or was lucky enough to stumble up the “right” path, he or she would live in the blissful land of “God’s will.” Everyone else was destined to grope around trying to find it; hoping to hear the right sermon to illuminate the path and praying for enough stamina to keep up a trial-and-error life hoping one day to make the right choice and finally be “in God’s will.”
God’s will for your life is not a mysterious, vague plan you need a holy de-coder ring to understand. Jesus spoke plainly in Matthew 5 when He talked about the kind of life that leads to blessing, the actions that make the believer’s life a message to the world, how God views the believer’s attitudes and actions, and how God’s will for your life is to act unusually, not according to the norms of society or your own whims. Paul reiterated that in Romans, summing up his thoughts in Romans 12.
Act in unusual ways. Live an unusual life. Be different. That’s God’s will for you. There will be specific decisions you will need to make, but in living an unusual life, you will become practiced in following your loving Father’s path. You will find less mystery and more peace.
Rest assured, God’s watchful eye is always on the believer. If you detour and find yourself off the most direct path, God can recalculate your route. Acting in unusual ways always leads you back to His path. You can’t live the unusual life apart from God.
Act in unusual ways. Live an unusual life. Live in God’s will for you.