I was reading an article in Inc. Magazine about Kyle Vogt, who is on his way to providing the first self-driving technology system in America. Auto-pilot is no longer a thing of the future, it’s a part of the here and now.
As amazing and trendy as this invention is for the auto industry, when it comes to our journey of faith, choosing auto-pilot won’t get us any closer to our destination. Instead, disengaging from our relationship with God and being content with a decision we made at some point in our lives, actually brings our souls to a halt and prevents us from experiencing life the way God intended.
The Apostle Paul’s encouragement to the church of Colosse is as relevant to us today as it was to them many years ago. Consider what he wrote in chapter 2, verses 6 &7:
“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:6-7 NLT)
Choosing auto-pilot might seem at times like your only option, but you’ll be missing out on living a purposeful and fulfilling life. Build your life on Christ and buckle-up, because the adventure that awaits you will be more than you could ever hope or dream.
It’s easy for followers of Jesus to disengage and turn on auto-pilot. For me, one of the ways that I keep from engaging the auto-pilot setting is to ensure that I’m sharing faith and life with other followers of Jesus and giving them permission to ask the hard questions and challenge me to constantly make pursing Christ top priority.
How about you? What have you done in your life to prevent yourself from switching to your automated systems?