Jesus Christ: Your GPS for Life

Rick Warren horizonal wideWe must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete.” Hebrews 12:2 (CEV)

When I’m driving, I tend to get distracted easily. My wife constantly says, “Rick, keep your eyes on the road!” One time I got so distracted I actually missed a flight to a speaking engagement because I missed the turnoff to LAX. By the time I drove to Canada, I figured I had missed a turn at some point.

Some of you have spiritual ADD. It’s even easier to get spiritually distracted than physically distracted, to get your eyes off the Lord. Some of you have started down the road to recovery, but you’ve relapsed into your old patterns of grief, guilt, shame, habits, hurts, and hang-ups because you took your eyes off the Lord.

Remember when Peter was walking on water? As long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, he was doing the impossible. But when he took his eyes off Jesus and looked down at the water, he sank. The reason why some of you are sinking today is that you’ve got your eyes on your problem, on the circumstance, on your difficulty. You’ve taken your eyes off the Lord.

For centuries sailors used the Polaris principle. That means they would look for the North Star to navigate across the seas. The reason they always kept their eyes on the North Star is because it never changes. They could navigate based on something unchanging in their life.

You need a North Star in your life. You need something that never, ever changes. That rules out every human being, because people change. You have to have something that doesn’t change. Of course, these days we don’t need the North Star because we have GPS. Because it’s connected by satellite to an unchanging point of reference, then we can figure out where we are, where we need to go, and how to get there.

Everybody needs a GPS for life. And that’s what Jesus Christ is! While everything else around you is changing, Christ will always be your unchanging point of focus. “We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete” (Hebrews 12:2 CEV).

Talk It Over: – What are your hang-ups, problems, or regrets that keep you spiritually distracted?
- What do you need to change about the time you spend with the Lord so that you are able to keep him as your focus?
- List or talk about the truths you know about God’s character. Which of those unchanging traits do you need to rely on today?

By Rick Warren

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Have You Checked Your Compass Lately?

feature compassBecause the Lord God helps me, I will not be dismayed. Therefore, I have set my face like flint to do his will, and I know that I will triumphIsaiah 50:7

For years my husband Marvin had a pilot’s license for small planes. He enjoyed flying very much.

One summer, he and three other men decided to fly to a conference in Saskatchewan, two provinces east of us. Before taking off, Marvin started the plane, checked all the instruments, and set his course on the compass. After crossing the Rocky Mountains, they planned to stay overnight in a city near the Alberta border.

They took off and everything seemed to be proceeding smoothly. However, Marvin hadn’t realized that when he set his compass, the needle was a fraction off center. By the time it came time to land, it was getting dark (Marvin wasn’t licensed to fly at night) and Marvin realized he was off course. The four of them had had a great time talking and laughing and never noticed.

Now they were lost. The mountains were much higher than his map indicated they should be, and their destination city was nowhere in sight. A fraction of a degree off on the compass when they started flying had taken them way off course when it was time to land. What seemed like a small, insignificant error could have cost them their lives.

However, happily they were able to land safely in a small town where they spent the night. The next day they flew on to their conference.

Life is like that. If we don’t allow Jesus to set our compass (course) each morning, we can begin heading slightly off course. It may seem insignificant today and even tomorrow, but where will we be next year?

Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor” (Hebrews 12:2).

Father, thank You for Your Holy Spirit, who keeps nudging us to keep on a straight and narrow course. Thank You for Your Word, which is the “light to our path.” Help us heed Your voice. Help us to listen.  Amen.

By Katherine Kehler

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