“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross and follow me.’”
– Matthew 16:24
Some of Jesus’ teachings in the Gospels seem to have “road signs” to them:
STOP: “Go, sin no more.” (John 8:11)
*Jesus’ instruction to the adulterous woman can be seen as a vital first step in making a change in your life. Repent of the sin and proceed.
GREEN LIGHT: “Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
*Jesus’ words clear the road for believers to talk about Him. He promises to work through the words and deeds of His followers to accomplish amazing things in other people’s lives.
YIELD: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. Also, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)
*Believers yield to God by putting His Word and works at the top of their priority list. They also yield their time, treasures, and talents to others in need.
ONE WAY: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man can come to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
*Jesus’ words tell us that putting your faith in anything other than Him is a risk you don’t want to take.
DO NOT ENTER: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24)
*People can’t enjoy what Jesus has in store for them if their hearts belong to wealth, fame, power, convenience, or anything else that squeezes out a commitment to God.
PROCEED WITH CAUTION: “Don’t let anyone mislead you.” (Matthew 24:2)
*As followers of Jesus, we need to move more carefully to examine people who claim to have the inside track on the truth. You must see how closely they align with the Scriptures.
**Question only you can answer! Am I following the road signs in front of me?
Confession for today: “In the Name of Jesus, Holy Spirit I ask for your assistance to please lead and guide me, pointing out each “road sign” as I journey through my life. Thank you for your faithfulness.”