MONDAY, APRIL 1
“But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God.”
Romans 13:11 (MSG)
DON’T LIVE ON AUTOPILOT
“Here’s the scenario,” the instructor announced to his class of novice truck drivers. “You’re in an 18-wheeler with a heavy load, barreling down a mountainous two-lane highway. Ed, your co-driver, is asleep. There are six trucks behind you, and as you come over the top of a hill, they pull out beside you to pass. Suddenly, you see several trucks coming in the opposite direction, pulling into your lane to pass. What would you do?” “That’s simple,” a student called out. “I’d wake up Ed.” “Why would you do that?” asked the instructor. “Because,” replied the student, “Ed ain’t never seen a truck wreck like this before!”
When the Apostle Paul wrote Romans 13:11 he was trying to wake up the church. He didn’t want the church wrecking their lives or wasting their lives. Paul was challenging the church to not “lose track of time and doze off.” In the English Standard Version, it’s written, “the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.”
Time is short and God doesn’t want us to waste our lives on things that don’t matter. For that reason, Daniel reminded us on Sunday that it’s important to have a personal mission statement that helps us maintain a meaningful course with our life. We were reminded that a good personal mission statement answers three questions: 1) Who are you? 2)Why are you here? 3)What are the principles that will guide your life?
Part of the answer to those three questions is found in Romans 14:7-8, ““For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.” Write out the answers to the three personal mission statement questions for you based on Romans 14:7-8.