Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Pulling My Wheel to the Right

I am grateful to have cars in my yard where I can go to church and not have to walk there, but I clare there is always something that has to be done to a vehicle. Oil to be changed, tires to be rotated, inspections to be done, oh yeah, and taxes to be paid. Like, I was noticing the other day that my car needs an alignment. I was driving down the road and could feel it pulling to the right. So to keep it straight in the road, I have to ever so gently give the steering wheel a pull to the left. And it's not like I can just give it one slight tug and it straightens itself out for good. No, I have to keep holding it slightly to the left because of its flawed tendency to pull to the right.
I have come to know that as God's student, He keeps me in class all the time, and He use things in everyday life to teach me lessons. Driving down the road tugging on my steering wheel made me think about my life. I realize I was born with my own alignment problems, except mine is a tendency to the left which pulls me away from what's right. Of course before I got saved my alignment was way out of wack. In fact my wheels where going in the opposite direction of where I needed to be heading. But 17 years ago, the Lord used the Cross to turn my wheels around, and now, without a doubt, I am going the right way (I thank God for that assurance). But even though my soul has been saved, I know this sinful body I live in still has an alignment problem; a slight tendency to pull a little to the left.
I think some people might not worry about that. They would just be satisfied to be better than they used to be, glad to be living a life at least clean enough to be accepted in church, and go on without even thinking about their alignment issue. I can't do that. I have to be concerned about it, because I know that if I don't deal with it, then even the slightest drift will eventually run me off the road. So, while I wait for Jesus to fix it, I will keep giving my steering wheel a pull ever so gently towards what's right. I will keep on studying the Word, praying and serving God by serving others. I pray God will give me the strength to hold on to my wheel, especially when I go over some bumps in life. I will keep pulling my wheel to the right because I don't want to disappoint God by doing wrong.

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