Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Years ago, my church – Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Florida – rented a billboard near a busy highway. We were looking to attract people to what God was doing in our world. The ad featured an image of me (which made sense because the invitation was coming from the church, and well, I’m the pastor) with these words emblazoned across the ad:
Your Life, God’s Way
Despite the blinding vibrancy of my lime green golf shirt, we got a great response to that billboard. Lots of people visited Celebration for the first time and made it their home. Why? I seriously doubt it was due to my friendly-yet-penetrating gaze as drivers made their daily commute to work each day. No.
What drew people in was that the ad offered a different approach to the one thing everyone is concerned about and probably mulling over on their way to work: my life. Imagine the thoughts of those drivers. It’s not hard because we’ve all had them at one time or another, maybe at this very moment:
- My life is a mess.
- My life is going great.
- My life doesn’t matter.
- My life is about to change.
- My life is falling apart.
- My life has no purpose.
- My life is too busy.
- My life is depressing.
- My life is over-the-top amazing.
The billboard reached all these people behind the wheel – all with different plans, experiences, hopes, disappointments, and so on – and offered them one more lens through which to view their life: God’s way.
Adding these two words has a way of changing our perspective. It forces us to pause and consider that there may be a completely different way of doing life than we are currently doing it, one we may never have considered. I’m sure more than one person drove by that billboard and thought, “God’s way,” huh? What does that look like? It’s gotta be better than the way I’m doing it.
When I first started thinking about my life in terms of God’s way, three life-altering, game-changing realizations came to mind. And speaking now as a pastor, let me add that these apply to anyone.
God has a “way” for our lives. Most people think God is not at all interested in the details of our lives. But he is.
He doesn’t sit in heaven simply watching our lives from the nosebleeds. God wants to be fully involved in your life, and He has a game plan, a path, a way for your life that is designed specifically for you (Psalm 37:23). As you make Him the first priority in your life, you’ll witness firsthand just how much God wants to be present and active in your life. You will experience His presence on a whole new level.
We don’t have to carry the weight of our life alone. Life is challenging, and the cares of life are heavy, but God doesn’t want you to carry the burden alone. Jesus invites you to keep step with Him while He does the heavy lifting (Matthew 11:28). When you put God first, you begin to live in response to Him as He shapes your life. Rather than striving to manipulate and control every outcome under your own strength, you will find that God is standing close, ready to help lighten the load.
God’s way is better than ours.
The Bible says that God’s way is perfect, refreshing, trustworthy, right, and enlightening (Psalm 19:7-8). I don’t know about you, but my way usually isn’t any of those things. Amazingly, God’s way is not only all those things, but it also meets us wherever we are.
When you feel like your life…
- is a mess, God works all things out for your good (Romans 8:28).
- is going great, God has greater things in store for you (1 Corinthians 2:9).
- doesn’t matter, God ascribes incredible value to you (1 Peter 1:18-19).
- is about to change, he will be with you every step of the way (Hebrews 13:5).
- is falling apart, God is your strength and deliverer (Psalm 18:1-2).
- has no purpose, God’s purpose for you will prevail (Jeremiah 29:11).
- is too busy, God’s peace guards your heart and mind (Philippians 4:7).
- is depressing, he is the giver of joy (Romans 15:13).
- is over-the-top amazing, there is a place to direct your gratitude (James 5:13).
God’s way for your life is the best possible way you can live. This is the God-first life. It’s the life God intends you to live.
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