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Day 22 by Micca Campbell
“We can put away all our dreams of impressing God and accept that we are already loved.” – Live Second, 28.
“The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” —Luke 19:10
We were off the beaten path for about an hour when we realized we were lost. I pulled the car into a small motel to ask for directions. There were two elderly men sitting behind the counter with their feet up while watching a small television set. I had to clear my throat to get their attention.
“Excuse me. Can either of you direct me back to the interstate?” They were no help. They just looked at me with a blank stare. When I returned to the car, I gave my friend the bad news. “Well, we’re lost and we’re going to die.”
“No, we’re not.” She said in a comforting way. “Look! There’s a gas station stop across the street. Maybe someone in there will be able to help us,” she added with hope in her voice.
To me, the shady, rundown building across the street looked like a hang-out for serial killers. The paint was peeling and the shrubbery was overgrown. Nothing about the store said, “Welcome.” There was no way I was going to walk into a nest of potential killers willingly. However, my friend persuaded me otherwise. “We won’t talk to anyone,” she promised. “We’ll just go in and buy a map.”
Once we were inside the creepy, timeworn building, I scanned the place for our killer. When it appeared to be safe, we got our directions and got out of the store. Eventually, we made it home, but not without learning a great lesson.
Life is full of roadblocks, dead ends, and detours that can lead us off course, but God has provided a sure way. Jesus said, “I am the way, the life and the truth. No man comes to the Father but by Me” (John 14:6).
The world offers many roads to peace and eternal life, but Jesus claims He is the only way.
As a conference speaker, I meet many who have tried to find peace by taking the road of doing good deeds, worshiping creation instead of the Creator, and various other ways only to fail at their attempts. They describe their life as dull, unfruitful, scary, dark, cold, alone and full of anxiety. They feel as though they are moving through life without purpose or direction. Try as they may, they can’t find peace for their empty soul. They fail to look to God as their source for peace and life. Sound familiar?
I was once there, too. That all changed the day I went to a Christian crusade. I remember feeling a sense of guilt and shame as the speaker shared that all people were sinners.
“They live their life doing things contrary to God’s will. They are salves to disobedience and their very nature is anti-God,” he proclaimed.
Deep inside I knew that was talking about me. I was disheartened as the speaker added the wages of sin is death–a life separated from God and peace for all eternity.
Then, hope began to rise I heard the next statement.
“All who call on the Name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
Christ’s death on the cross cancels out my sin. His death justifies the ungodly and purifies the unclean!
It all began to make sense. Christ was missing from my life. I was lost without Him, but His invitation of forgiveness and peace was for me. In that moment, I believed and a miracle of grace took place.
There was no loud noise and no emotion on my part just a sense of relief and newness as I bowed my heart to Christ. I was now on a new path. The right path and I knew my journey would never be the same with God as my guide.
Are you lost on the road of life? Call on the Name of the Lord and you will be saved.
It’s true. There will be obstacles along life’s way and at times, the path may seem mysterious, but today I live second by relying on God to help me remain on course and reach my true destination.
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Next for the 60-Days-of-Second: Day 23- “The Ref” by Micca Campbell