“My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.”
Andy Stanley once noted: “Many people are what you might call directionally challenged; They don’t know where they’re going, They haven’t a goal, They just wander thru life expecting that everything will turn out all right.” Are you a directionally challenged individual? Do you find yourself just wandering through life expecting everything will turn out all right?
Do you have direction in your life? This is a great story.
On New Year’s Day, 1929, Georgia Tech played UCLA in the Rose Bowl. In that game, a young man named Roy Riegels recovered a fumble for UCLA. Picking up the loose ball, and he ran 65 yards toward the goal line. Unfortunately… he had gotten confused… it was the wrong goal line. One of his teammates Benny Lom ran him down and tackled him just before he scored for the opposing team. From that day on, Roy Riegels was branded “Wrong Way” Riegels. There are many people that live their lives that way. They go the wrong way, because they’ve lost sight of, or never had a goal.
Are you ready to set some goals that will carry you across the goal line? Direction determines your destination. You need to be facing one direction this morning. Facing Jesus will bring you to your destination. Paul writes to the Galatians, “Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.” Trust God with the details of your life.
Pray this morning for spiritual direction. Pray for the harvest. Pray for the harvest of eternal life to spring up in your soul today!! We have too many “wrong way Riegels” walking around spiritually without any direction. It’s time for God to transform our hearts into “right way followers of Jesus.”