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Stay In Your Lane

Stay in your lane, Soldier! My husband loves to playfully say this to me when I shout it at other drivers who are drifting into my lane. We’ve always loved puns.

What about you? Hopefully you stay in your lane while you are driving, but do you “worry about others more than you worry about yourself?”

We have such an attentive father in the Lord. He is close, He is personal, and He has something individual for each and every one of His children. His calling for you is unique and His words for you are for YOU! I love it when I hear a testimony of what the Lord is doing in the lives of my brothers and sisters all over the world. What grieves me though, is when I see someone putting their specific word from God on others.

Please hear me on this, I am not saying is we shouldn’t hold each other accountable to God and His holy standards. We definitely should. Please, if you see me struggling, hold me accountable! Speak truth into my life-the Bible commands believers to do this to each other. Galatians 6:1-2 says, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

I’m also not talking about prophetic words from the Lord meant to edify, teach, or warn the church. “On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.”

~ 1 Corinthians 14:3

I’m talking about a self-righteous trap that can ensnare a believer. When we willfully choose to take our eyes off Jesus and focus on what other people are doing, we begin to compare, we judge, and we foster feelings of insecurity and self-righteousness. We compare our callings to others. We compare our talents, gifts, and even our service to others. Pretty soon, our eyes are off Jesus and we fall short. This is a game you can’t win.

If you’re called to be at church every single time the doors are open because the Lord told you to, then do it! Don’t worry about who is not there. Pray for them and reach out to them, but keep your eyes focused on the Lord. You don’t know what He’s doing behind the scenes.

Do you have musical talent? I don’t! I wish I did, but my husband does. I love how he doesn’t put his calling on me-that would be weird. Nobody wants me to take his spot playing guitar at church. That’s his calling, not mine.

If you’ve been convicted about something make sure you are being genuine in your encouraging of others when you confront them. Godly confrontation can mend hearts. Make sure you are speaking out of a heart of love, not self-righteousness. As an immature Christian, there were times I couldn’t wait to point out other people’s faults thinking I was doing them a favor. Obviously these conversations were not well received. People can see through your motives. Pray about your timing, pray about your words. A word given in the wrong time and without the discernment of the Lord can do a lot more damage than it can good.

Above all, remember we are seeking an intimate relationship with the Lord. This is between you and Him. There’s no one else in that relationship.

Imagine if, instead of sitting at the feet of Jesus, Mary had the urge to, but she was worried what Martha would think? What if her through process was, “Martha probably wants me to help her. If I don’t she’ll get mad at me.” And then she acted on those feelings of guilt? It wouldn’t be the same story of a woman completely fixated on Jesus so much so that she didn’t care who got mad at her!

Don’t be distracted by others and stay in your lane.

Be so focused on Jesus and on what He wants to do in your life that you literally do not have the time to play the comparison game. God has something new for you every single day!

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