What would be the ideal situation to use your vehicle’s cruise control?

a. When backing out of your garage.
b. Once you go through the first stop sign in your subdivision.
c. When you’re driving on the expressway.
d. When you are being pursued by law enforcement personnel.

Suppose you found yourself in either of these scenarios with the cruise control in operation. Would your car operate like an airplane on autopilot so you could take your eyes off the road and your hands from the steering wheel? Technology may make this possible in the near future, but presently, any driver who attempted this would have an accident (whether you would convince your insurance agent the wreck was an accident is another matter). Even with cruise control activated, drivers must be sober and alert to the slightest change in road conditions.

Yet many Christians apply cruise control to their walk with God. They live by the mantra, “Let go and let God.” Once they get saved and baptized, they coast their way through life, never learning new spiritual truths or developing a deeper walk with their Savior. Cruise-controlled Christians will lose in the end.

Are you coasting through the Christian life without stopping to learn its lessons? Maybe you’re content to go through the motions of church attendance and Bible reading, but have made no serious effort to get rooted and grounded in your faith. Perhaps you think life is a game and don’t take seriously your obligation to serve Christ. Get your eyes back on the road and your hands on the steering wheel. Quit coasting so you can make better progress on life’s journey.

You no more need a day off from spiritual concentration in matters of your life than your heart needs a day off from beating. — Oswald Chambers

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.