“The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again…. So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him …Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.” – Acts 10:11-12, 17-18.
The year is about AD 33. Christians are in constant danger. Saul is systematically hunting them to either execute or jail them. But Saul is about to undergo a dramatic conversion, a name change and a complete u-turn. We may not experience such a dramatic turnaround, yet there will be times in our life when we may need to change direction. And in some cases do an about face. Fortunately, God allows U-turns.
C.S. Lewis wrote, “We all want progress. Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turn, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road.” If you feel like you are on the wrong path, keep your eyes on the prize. Don’t get distracted. Keep moving forward on the road He’s set before you. “Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.” (Proverbs 4:25-27)
It is an absolute fact that you can’t drive in two directions or focus on two different destinations. So as we develop our vision, it is important that we not get distracted and find ourselves on an off ramp. We need change of direction when we take our eyes off the road leading to Christ. That means we avoid looking at what everyone else is doing, being, and saying – and to instead see Him. That means we keep our eyes on Jesus who finished the journey we are on. We need to study how He did it because He never lost sight of where He was headed. “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” (Hebrews 12:2)
When we are focused on God it will change the way you live your life. It would change the way you drive. It would change the way you react to how other people drive. It will change the relationship you have with your spouse. It would change the checks you write. It would change the websites you visit. And it will change the number of times you need to change direction.
- How do we eliminate u-turns, changes in direction?
- How can we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus?