(This is part of last weeks sermon: Life is a Highway, Chose Your Lane Carefully)
Last summer going through the metropolis of Dallas, Texas we had lots of choices on what road we’d take. If we picked the right lane, we could get exactly where we wanted to go, but if we chose the wrong lane, it could take us way off our course. There were left exits and right exits, signs leading to here and there. More than once in the past, I’ve been in the wrong lane, and it’s taken me an hour to get back on the right road. But this time, we stuck to the map and got exactly where we wanted to go.
Life isn’t much different. We’re always making choices on what lanes to choose, so pick your lane carefully because every road leads somewhere. Choose wrong and you could be in BIG trouble (Proverbs 14:12).
Here are some lanes that we sometimes get on that don’t have a good destination:
1) THE FAST LANE
- The prodigal son knew something about the fast lane. He was in the fast lane, in a hurry to experience the fun of the world. He found out that the fast lane will eventually wind up in the pig pen (Luke 15:11-16). There’s so much more to life than how much fun you can have and how fast can you do it.
2) THE FALSE LANE
- God doesn’t pull any punches. He hates false things (Proverbs 20:23, Proverbs 6:16-19). There are so many things in this life that are false. They look one way, but they’re really not. The lottery tells you it’s the richest pot ever but doesn’t tell you your shot at winning is 1 in 25 million. If it’s too good to be true … it probably is. God desires honesty and faithfulness, not falsehood. Watch out for the false lane on the highway of life.
3) THE FOOL’S LANE
- There’s one thing I don’t want the Lord ever calling me and that’s a fool. He did with the man in Luke 12:16-21, who spent his entire life storing up treasures on earth and not in heaven. So many people choose fool’s lane. “If I can’t have more, I’m not going to be happy,” they say. When multi-millionaire John D. Rockefeller pasted away, a group of men gathered around his accountant and asked, “How much did he leave behind?” “All of it,” the accountant said. Don’t choose fool’s lane.
4) THE FEAR LANE
- So many people are scared these days. Scared to drink the water, breathe the air, leave a door unlocked, play outside, go for a walk, etc. “Do not fear” is mentioned 365 times in the New Testament. That’s one “do not fear” for every day of the year. I’m thinking that since it’s the command given to us more than any others … maybe God was trying to tell us something. Something like … “DO NOT FEAR!”
5) THE FAITH LANE
- Now here’s a good lane you can take in life. The faith lane is the only lane that leads to something productive. It leads to eternal life (Hebrews 11, Romans 10:17).
They say “life is a highway”. Pick your lane carefully because whatever lane you choose, you may be on it a while.
(This is a brief outline of last Sunday’s lesson (minus the meat and a handful of stories). If you want to follow along on the internet: Click Here. For those with dial-up who can’t make it work: Click Here. )