- Luke 1:66 (NKJV) “What kind of child will this be?” (1 Samuel 20:3 \\ Proverbs 15:24)
A few days ago I was driving southbound on I-77, heading home from a hospital visit to a very sick man. As I drove onto the highway the traffic was going at a snail’s pace. On the northbound side of the road was a three-car pileup and my side of the road was slowed due to “rubber necking”.
Soon I inched my way past the wreck and the traffic picked back up to normal (and not so normal) speed. However, for those on the northbound side of I-77 that was not the case. Traffic was backed up for miles. Matter of fact, I was almost at the State line before the traffic was not backed up.
As I drove on into South Carolina I observed the cars on the other side of the road just be-bopping along and I thought to myself, “Poor blokes, they don’t know that in just a few moments their fine pace is going to come to a screeching halt.”
Then I thought about my hospital visit and it occurred to me that I was heading for the same condition of the man I had visited. Right now I am be-bopping along on the highway of life going at a pretty good pace—but poor me, one day my life is going to come to a screeching halt. There are no detours or alternate routes; it is appointed unto man to die. That thought suddenly put all the things I was worried about or thought important in a different perspective.
Now to today’s Bible verse…
Today’s little snippet is about the birth of John the Baptist. You’ve been there, looking down into the face of a little baby knowing you are holding a little bundle of amazing possibilities—a pent-up package of power.
The verdict is out on what that child shall be, only time will tell.
Well dear friend, the verdict is still out on you. You are alive today. No matter your age or condition you still have a few choices left to determine the final verdict on your life.
So, why the hurry? Why are you in such a rush? No matter what you try to do you have an appointment up the road—an appointment that will bring your plans and priorities to a screeching halt. What you do between now and then is going to determine the final verdict on your life. Drive carefully, thoughtfully, and intentionally–make each mile count.
As I was coming back into Fort Mill on that day a motorcycle driver with his wife or girlfriend behind him passed me coming the other way. He had the biggest smile on his face. I thought to myself, that fellow’s got the right idea. At the end of the day what really matters on this journey of life is taking your family and friends with you and enjoying the ride.
Oh and one more thing. During my visit with the gentleman in the hospital I asked him the most important question in life. I asked, “When it comes your time to face God and he asks you, ‘Why should I allow you into my Heaven?’ what will you say?”
There is only one correct answer and that is: “I am trusting in the work of your Son—Jesus Christ and what he did on my behalf at Calvary. “
Get that right and the final verdict is sure to go down in the books as a success.
- The ONE THING for today: It is so easy to get caught up in the traffic of life right in front of us that we forget where we are going and why. Examine your life today and answer this question: If I do not change how I am living my life, will it end well? If you do not like the answer, the final verdict has not been declared; you still have time to make some changes. Go for it—and enjoy the ride.
Prayer: The answer to the above question will determine the direction of your prayer today. Just in case, I’ve included a “sinner’s prayer” that you can adapt to make your own if you need it.
“Dear Lord Jesus,
I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead. I confess that from this day forward I will trust in you and follow you as my Lord and Savior. Guide my life and help me to do your will.
In your name, amen.”
The Power of Caring: The highway of life can bring out the worse in people. Remember, everyone is not going at your pace. Don’t be one of those drivers that irritates everyone else—be understanding with people today and give them break.