Pam and I were in Valencia, Spain visiting our daughter, Kelsey, where she was attending college. After two days in Valencia, we headed to the train station for a trip to Barcelona where Kelsey would meet up with us when her Spring Break would begin. Kelsey gave us detailed instructions on how to get to the train station and what train to take. So we bought our tickets and proceeded to the boarding platform. But we had a problem: there were 3 separate train tracks with 3 platforms and no one to translate for us. So there we were not knowing which train to take. There was only one train that went all the way to Barcelona and we missed it.
In Craig Groeschel’s book, “The Christian Atheist: When You Believe in God But Live as If He Doesn’t Exist”, he describes 3 lines in the Christian walk. The first line we cross is when we accept God’s gift of salvation. We experience the peace that comes with accepting Jesus into our lives. We experience euphoria and excitement that generally subsides as everyday life takes over. The next line we can cross is one in which we choose to commit to God to the extent that it is comfortable. With this 2nd line, we respond to God’s call in our lives as long as it doesn’t interfere with our own priorities. And then there’s the 3rd line. This is the line we cross when we commit who we are, what we have, and where we’ll go to Him.
With the 1st line, I buy a ticket to heaven. I am saved and thrilled to be in God’s kingdom on earth. The Bible calls this ticket “justification” that is the work of a moment by God’s grace. This is a free ticket that I accept day by day. But I’m still on this earth. God invites me to enjoy the ride and cross the 3rd line of total commitment. This is a ticket to the unknown adventure God has for me. I already have the ticket to heaven, but how will I live on this earth? The question that begs to be answered is, Where do you draw the line?
Just like my experience on the train platform in Valencia, I too often get confused with what train to take. I become complacent and lose focus on God while waiting for the train. I then take the train of my choosing rather than His train that I will only take when I cross the 3rd line of total commitment to His will and His calling in my life. We have our own reasons why we are reluctant to cross that 3rd line. It may be a cherished sin, anxiety about money, issues with the church, or just plain worry. What issue prevents you from crossing that 3rd line? I believe this is such an important issue that I have dedicated an entire sermon series to examine the various reasons we become Christian Atheists. You can hear the sermons on our website, http://www.myrichlandchurch.org
May you experience God’s adventure for your life that only comes when you cross the 3rd line…