Hi, welcome to Redeem the Commute. I’m Ryan, your host for the daily challenges.
Our daily challenges are meant to help you explore what it means to follow Jesus, even if you don’t have a lot of time. We have a rhythm that keeps us in sync, even if we’re not a community that meets together in person regularly. Every Monday we introduce the week’s idea. Every Tuesday we study it in the Bible. Every Wednesday we see how that challenges and transforms our thinking on the topic. Thursdays we try to apply and live it out. Friday is a day for prayer and reflection before we take a rest on Saturday, and Sundays we meet together with others in community.
Our series right now is called “We Are” and this is the final week.
As I write this, I’m in an office with a window toward a one way street. Every day I’m here, I can guarantee I’ll see at least one driver going the wrong way. Sometimes the street is empty, and I’m not sure if they even realize. But most days, there are others driving the right way, and the wrong-way driver gets a confused look on their face and just stops. Other people start waving, pointing at the big black and white arrow sigh, and sometimes even yelling.
Worse, maybe you’ve been that person. So focused on looking for parking, not quite looking at the giant black and white arrows.
Think of that moment when you realize they’re right. How embarrassing. Someone calls out “turn around”, so you stop, open your eyes and see how lost and confused you really are, and then you have to ask yourself – what now?
Can I do a 3 point turn on this narrow street with an audience?
At that moment of realizing we were going the wrong way, we ask ourselves, where do I go now?
Today we explore how that could happen to us in our walk with God if we truly listen to God’s invitation to turn around and become new, as we learned last week. This is a great way to end our series, because it’s all about how we live our lives going forward if we’ve decided to follow Jesus.
This is all about how a Christian life is meant to be different, transformed from the person’s previous life to be something new and wonderful.
Question: When have you been literally going the wrong way in life? Up a down escalator? Driving on a one-way street? Pulling on a push door? Tell your best story of going the wrong way.