The JOURNEY – On Track – Philippians 4:1 (MSG) “…Stay on track, steady in God.”
You ever really take the time to watch a train? I’ve always been pretty fascinated by trains. I know it may seem kind of simply boring to some just watching a train go one direction at a relatively slow speed, but I love watching a train. Trains are steady, powerful and dependable. Seldom do you hear of a train wreck, but when you do, it’s not an slight wreck. It’s usually a pretty bad one.
Paul didn’t have trains in mind when He wrote this but, no doubt, he knew what it was to get off track. It’s way too easy to get off track in life. You’re heading full steam through life, everything is going great, and you’re enjoying life. Then you slack off praying, going to church, reading your Bible, staying connected, and being involved. The next thing you know, you’re in a spiritual ditch somewhere with life piled up all around you. Your life wrecked, not because of anyone or anything other than not staying on track and steady in God.
These are simple words to hear but hard words to follow. They’re not hard because of their terminology, they’re hard because they’re subtly easy to get away from. We get busy, we get tired, we get distracted, we get bored, we get into a whole list of things that can easily get us off track and unsettled. We’re always tempted to go our own way and do our own thing. That’s not a life that’s on track.
The only way to stay and know you’re staying on track is to stay steady in God. When you’re steady in Him it’s easy to stay on track. Get away from God and you’re sure to wreck your life. Think of someone you know that used to be on track and look at their life. You would have never thought their life would have jumped track and wrecked but they did.
Never think “you” have it all together. We can only have it together when God is keeping us on track in Him. Want to arrive in heaven together and on track? I do. I’m not going to take any chances. I’m going to do all I can to “Stay on track and steady in God.” I pray you will too.