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Date: Thu, 07 Jul 2005 14:44:26 -0500
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Straight to the Cross


GUEST COLUMN

Signs on the Road of Life
Owen Cosgrove

Can we imagine what traveling would be like
without road signs to help us along the way? The
way to life as described in the Bible has many
road signs that we need to understand and heed.

Obey All Traffic Signs — State Law. God does not
make laws for us to pick and choose and obey
selectively. To break one is to be guilty of all
of them. Obey the Lord's commandments. This is
Heaven's law.

Stop. Those who run the spiritual stop signs of
life risk hurting themselves and others. When the
Lord says stop, we'd better not run the stop
signs. Even when we are tempted to do wrong,
stop! "Stop" does not mean slow down. It means
stop.

Slow. We get too impatient in life. Watch your
speed. You will make wiser decisions and improve
your chance of survival if you just slow down when
time and circumstances call for it.

Do Not Enter. There are some areas of life where
Christians must not be. Do not even start into
these areas. Leave them alone.

Wrong Way. This sign means that you are headed
toward a deadly encounter if you do not make some
changes quickly.

Turn Back. If you are going the wrong way, turn
back before it is too late.

Keep Right. The twenty-one epistles of the New
Testament were written to Christians, urging them
to be faithful to Christ. Get right by obeying the
Gospel, and keep right by being faithful in
Christ's service.

One Way. There is one way that leads to life
eternal, and it is not a two-way street. Wise
travelers get in that way and go with the flow
that leads to Heaven. As the song says, "No
turning back, no turning back."

Yield. The Christian learns to yield. First, he
yields to God because God has the right of way.
Then he learns to yield to others in matters of
judgment so that the church can work together as a
mighty team. We can all have our say, but we
cannot all have our way. People who do not learn
to yield cause many fender benders and smash-ups
in life. We will still arrive at our destination
in plenty of time, and our trip will be much more
pleasant for us and others, when we learn to
yield.

Yes, life has many traffic signs. Good Christians,
like good drivers, respect and obey the rules

Thanks to The Voice of Truth International, Vol
44, pgs 61-62.

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