I got to thinking about Thunder Road today. It’s a big roller coaster at Carowinds, the amusement park that sits on the border of North and South Carolina, just south of Charlotte.
It’s an amusing couple of minutes.
The thing is, you get in your “car,” for lack of a better term, and immediately go around a turn slowly. You begin climbing this big hill, then you know what happens…
You go down the other side of this big hill, the momentum of which takes you up and down subsequent smaller hills.
Like I said, it’s an amusing couple of minutes.
Lately I got to thinking about my own life, and I was mulling over a fact that I’ve known for a long time. I’m very susceptible to up and down swings in my relationship with God.
Anything having to do with a relationship with God has to do with life in general, which brings me to the title of this column. Life shouldn’t be a roller coaster.
God doesn’t work in ups and down. He is constant, everything about Him. He has, is, and always will be loving, just, peace, comfort, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
God doesn’t spend a week with you, convince you to fix something in your life, then leave for a month only to come back and tell you to fix the same things again.
Satan learned long ago that the best way to get to Christians is not to pummel them bad, bad, bad. Sure, you see cases like that sometimes, but the best way for Satan to get to you is to make you content with your current situation.
When you are content you let your guard down. You begin to get confident, believing that you can handle things. That’s how a lot of people who seem to be on fire for the Lord flame out.
Here’s a basic truth to try and live by every day. You can’t handle things. If you could, there would be no need for Jesus Christ.
Here’s another truth. A personal relationship with God that flourishes consists of a believer putting complete faith in Christ, giving everything they have.
When I think of the apostle Paul, I have to wonder if I’ve ever had that great a relationship with God. After his conversion, he pretty much had nothing, yet he went everywhere preaching the gospel. He was imprisoned, persecuted, even killed, but during his life he gave all he had to Jesus, and look what Jesus did with Paul.
It’s hard to think of another servant of God in the church era of history that has been more influential in bringing people to Christ. Paul is still witnessing today through his letters in the New Testament.
There’s a 4Him song going on a decade old that goes, “I want to be a man that you (God) could write about a thousand years from now.”
If someone were to write about my relationship with God, I have doubts as if someone reading it could be inspired at all to come to know Jesus. Yet Paul, who lived two thousand years ago, wrote words inspired of God that have led millions to Christ. That’s a testimony.
Chances are, no matter what you do in this earthly life, you won’t be leading millions to Christ. But what about one, two, or three.
One of my favorite verses is 1 Corinthians 10:31. It goes a little something like this: “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.” Now check this out.
“By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.” John 15:8
Jesus is the Vine, we are the branches. But what kind of fruit are we bearing? Up and down Christianity doesn’t cut it. God is all about consistency.
We will never bear fruit until we learn to live by the aforementioned truths, right out of the Word of God. We’ve got to give all we have to God. I don’t trust myself to bear fruit, that’s why I just need to give everything to God and trust Him to bear fruit through me.
Here are some questions I need to start asking myself. We all should. Do I have a sense of urgency in leading people to Christ? Do I love everyone the way Christ loves everyone?
The old adage of not being able to take anything with you to heaven is only partly accurate. The Bible talks about believers storing up treasures from the Christ-like works we do on earth. I want to be selfish in this way only. I want lots of those treasures. But in order to be selfish that way, I need to be selfless every other way, giving everything to the Lord.
Lines for roller coasters are too long any way. God is always there, and always ready for you to begin serving Him.