Detours

shutterstock_51132958The country music group Rascal Flatts has a song titled Life Is A Highway.  That really is true.  Life is a highway a highway that eventually ends.
Most everyone hopes that highway ends in heaven, but there is a roadblock on that highway called “sin.”  Unless we find a way around that roadblock we will never make it to what should be our final destination.
It is a driver’s worst nightmare.  You are on a long highway, stuck in traffic, there is nothing but chrome and concrete in front of you and everything and everybody is at a complete standstill.  You have hit a classic roadblock. Time is of the essence. You’ve got to move.  You have a destination to reach and it has to be quickly.  There is no exit in sight.  You have only one hope or at least you think you do – find a detour.  Find someway around that roadblock.  Find someway to get to that destination.
As we face this roadblock called “sin” there is a detour that appeals to the vast majority of the human race and it seems like the logical way to get away the roadblock.  The detour can be called “religion”.  The detour can be called “good works.”  The detour can be called “giving your best.”  The detour can be called “doing good things.”  The detour can be called any number of things, but it all amounts to the same thing – trying to work your way around that roadblock.   There is only one problem with taking that detour, the detour around the roadblock of sin leads to death.
 
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 6:23
Eternal life is a gift that keeps on giving.  God does not give us eternal life just so we can enjoy it and use it to get into heaven.  God gives us eternal life so we in turn can give it to others.  One of the ways you do that is by finding people who have gotten off on this wrong detour and letting them know that detour only leads to death, but they can receive the free gift of eternal life.
The mission of every Christ-follower is to share their faith—their story in Christ.  It is by sharing our story that we lead others to love God. 
No Detours!
–James Merritt

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