When I was stationed in Japan, I drove the way the locals did – on the other side of the road. It was awkward at first, but within a few months, it seemed like second nature. When I came back to the states, I accidentally reverted to my Japanese driving habits and drove down the wrong side of the road here. Fortunately, I still had my Japanese driver’s license and the Officer was former military – he let me off with just a warning. Habits can be changed; we just have to notice the habit, and want to make the change.
Have you ever felt like you were headed in the wrong direction spiritually? How did you get back on the path to serving Jesus? Was there an event that occurred? In Acts 9:1-18, we read the story of Saul’s conversion. In verse 18, we can see the physical change:
Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again.
He got up and was baptized, Acts 9:18
Change is usually a long term process, but sometimes it can happen much quicker. I arrived at boot camp with 79 other scared teenagers who, at 3:30 a.m. decided enlisting was not such a great idea. Eight weeks later this rag-tag bunch of self-centered drama queens emerged from an intense training cocoon as poised, respectful and team-oriented sailors ready to face the challenges of a grown-up world. The process was intense and fast.
Is there something you need to change? Read Acts 9:19-30; paying particular attention to verse 27. How “real” is your conversion and faith in Christ? Can others see it and believe it? How do you know?
Perhaps it’s time to take a different path.
(An excerpt from Follow the Light)
Walk in His Light,