If you’re going somewhere and you’re off course by just one degree, after one foot, you’ll miss your target by 0.2 inches.
- After 100 yards, you’ll be off by 5.2 feet.
- After a mile, you’ll be off by 92.2 feet.
- After traveling from San Francisco to L.A., you’ll be off by 6 miles.
- If traveling from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., 42.6 miles off.
- Traveling around the globe from Washington, DC, you’d miss by 435 miles and end up in Boston.
Over time, a one-degree error in course makes a huge difference! (Antone Roundy)
As I am writing this, 2017 is in the books and 2018 is just a few days old. With the change in the calendar, we have an opportunity to examine where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. It is easy to begin to drift in our spiritual lives. If we drift even a small degree from our purpose in Christ, it can lead to disastrous consequences. Our doctrine can begin to drift into error and outright heresy. Our life can drift one compromise at a time into ungodliness.
Paul, writing to the Ephesians in chapter 4:17, 20, & 22-24 offers a reminder of the contrast which should mark our lives. He says, “17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!– 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” ESV
We must always seek to put off our old sinful selves, and put on the new person we are in Christ. As we take stock of our lives and reflect on the past and look toward the future, make sure you are on the right path spiritually.