Christian Life in the Fast Line

highway fast laneThere is a sentiment that  I hear crop up from time to time expressed from Christians and it goes something like this: don’t let others slow you down, don’t get behind people that aren’t moving. I gather from this sentiment something that looks like a highway and in the Christian life, its best to be in the fast lane. If somebody’s blocking traffic, go around them. You’re on a mission and need to move to get to where God is taking you. Christian life in the fast lane.

One problem: this is antithetical to the Christian life. When God calls us into the body of Christ it is for the purpose of being a body, growing together in the Lord. Running around other Christians to get where you’re going is not the one-anothering, bearing each other burdens, love for other that should mark our representation of Christ.

Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the Law of Christ [to love others as self] (Gal 6:2)

If the Christian life is a highway, it is best to remember there are others on the road with us. No doubt there times when we are in the fast lane. But it also means at times getting in the slow lane or even pulling off the road to help someone whose broken down on the side of it.

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interest of others. (Phil. 2:3-4)

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