Stay in your lane; what does it mean? If you’re a driver, I’m sure you’ve had to yell countless times, “stay in your lane,” to drivers drifting over the lines into your lane. I must ask you to stay in your lane because too many Christians get caught up in the attention-craving of likes and views. We are programmed to look at the numbers, which causes us to take our eyes off what God wants us to focus on individually. Statistics and numbers are smack dab in our faces on social platforms, YouTube, and email marketing accounts.
It’s easy to desire someone else’s purpose, gifts, and talents—but what does God require from you? If we can’t concentrate on what we are supposed to do, we won’t finish the race with excellence.
Walk by Faith
To walk by faith means to walk the path God set before you, no matter how uncertain it looks.
Faith is wholly trusting God to lead you to the destination He proposes. Stay in your lane instead of being led by emotions and how the world defines success.
Remember, the Holy Spirit is leading you.
Most of us are guilty of not staying in our lanes because of the temptation to know the numbers. We want the results instantly, so we drift and lose focus.
If you’re an athlete, farmer, church planter, author, investor, marketer, accountant, business owner, publisher, or are involved in anything involving numbers and growth, your training is to look at the statistics. Numbers help you to pivot and tweak areas that cause a deficit so you can do more of what’s working.
Knowing where you are is essential in most industries, and although important—be careful not to gauge spiritual success through an inaccurate metric.
An Inaccurate Measurement of Success
Inc. Magazine in 7 Ways to Measure True Success, defines success in these factors:
- Satisfaction Level of Customers
- Employee Satisfaction
- Your Satisfaction
- Level of Learning and knowledge
- How You Spend Your Time
Although these are excellent measurements in the business world, they help us work diligently unto the Lord.
God can tell you to start a business, and it fails. Then you might believe everything collapsed because God grew your character and tested obedience as a measure of success—not the numbers.
He may want to use that business only as a testing ground to sanctify you in areas where you need to grow spiritually. God chooses the low and poor to bring Him glory.
James 2:5 NIV says, Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
When you pass His test, you move on and rejoice.
Don’t get down in the dumps because the numbers that display to the public appear low. What seems low in our society is not the bottom spiritually. Watch my Testimony video; in it, I share how my ambition for success left me empty, but through Christ, I’ve overcome.
As God’s beloved children, looking at things the wrong way can cause you to lose focus and give up. We are to remember every good and perfect gift comes from above (James 1:17). Therefore, if your data isn’t where you think it should be, don’t give up and get weary. Pace yourself and get in alignment. Discipline requires patience and resilience. Continue to meditate on the goodness of God and work to glorify Him. Thank Him for what you have and all He’s allowing you to steward.
The Relationship Between Your Ministry and Your Occupation on Bible.org says, We often engage in the numbers game, counting attendance or conversions. God is not impressed with the results of a ministry. Often they are deceiving, and even when they are accurate, they only reveal the power of God (1 Corinthians 12:6). The basis for the measure of a ministry cannot be the judgment of men or the tallying of numbers. The measure of a ministry is God’s business, not ours. God does not compare our ministry with that of others, nor should we (cf. 2 Corinthians 10:11).
Colossians 3:23-24 NKJV And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
Serve the Lord because He notices the attitude in which you contribute to your work. The good works you do carry spiritual rewards.
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Dangers of Drifting from Your Lane
When you spend your precious time looking at what others are doing, you waste valuable moments, seasons, and years away from what you need to do.
The lost time adds up and multiplies!
If you’re squandering valuable hours focused on unnecessary things, it will create a deficit in your progress in the following years.
The Bible teaches us that God’s people must be sensitive to following God’s instructions. We must be Holy Spirt led. It’s a continuous theme in the written Word.
Isaiah 30:21 KJV, And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
Redeem the time because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16).
Too many Christians are trying to build a brand for themselves. They are taking the culture’s worldview out of balance because the world throws its vanity in our faces. Some businesses we start, and some careers are brands, but that’s not what I mean.
They want to be known as investors, tycoons, millionaires, influencers, and accomplished individuals so they can sell you something.
Influencers have tons of followers on social platforms and YouTube; if you’re not careful, you’ll get dragged into trading your time to become successful by their standards. If you’ll stop at nothing for success by including manifesting, unethical practices, and witchcraft, who is the glory really for?
I do not knock proven systems of success. It’s wise not to ignore all the world can offer if it doesn’t interfere with Godly principles.
There is nothing wrong with achieving financial success. God made Abraham, Isaac, David, Solomon, Esther, Job, and Joseph successful in what they did.
Nonetheless, you can’t fall for everything you see—use wisdom.
Comparing your assignment to others is sinful.
Discontent comes across as if you are not satisfied with the job God asked you to complete.
God calls you to take on things to test and perfect you in Him. Father God wants to conform us to the image of His Son—Christ our Lord.
You believe you deserve something the Lord does not want to provide currently. And if you’re expressing jealousy where you are now, you can see why He hasn’t elevated you.
We don’t want to go down this path of being jealous about what’s happening in other people’s lives. When our brothers and sisters prosper, thank God for it.
Continue to pray for God to use them and expand their territory of influence for His glory. If sound brethren in the faith win—we all win!
God hates pride and arrogance. Humble yourself and be faithful and obedient to the assignment and season God has you. The best encouragement I can give is to read the scriptures and meditate on what God did in the lives of Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Joseph, Esther, and Ruth. They were obedient where they were before taking on their ultimate callings.
You’re Christ’s disciple—so follow Jesus—the Good Shepherd!
If you aren’t in a position now, you will stay stuck, and God will use another to carry out what you aren’t ready to take on.
When you trust God as your source of provision, purpose, and needs, you’ll realize how great a blessing stealer pride is. Refuse to let a haughty mindset and envy rob you of trusting God’s plan for your life.
When the spirit of complaining stirs up within, I want you to remember how Israel complained and grumbled in the wilderness. Their constant complaining angered God and mainly caused an entire generation to die. Only a few Israelites from that generation made it to God’s Promised Land because they couldn’t obey and trust God.
How can you stay in your lane when complaining?
Looking Behind You
The Israelites kept looking behind and held onto the memories of slave life in Egypt. They didn’t appreciate everything the mighty hand and power of the LORD did in delivering them. He performed countless miracles in their presence and set them on the path of promise.
But, they were rebellious and stiff-necked people.
A personal and intimate relationship with the only wise God wasn’t enough. The blessing that awaited them was not respectable and timely by their standards.
They desired the bondage and conformability oppression afforded. Israel found it dreary to be with their God and trust His plan in the wilderness.
Unfortunately, many of us do precisely what the Israelites did in their testing season.
We fail miserably countless times. It’s easy to criticize their sins. The Holy Spirit documented the Hebrew wilderness experience to train us in righteousness because we’re prone to wander easily.
Only when we surrender to the leading of the Spirit of God will we move forward and have success.
Complaining and looking back thwarts us from God’s presence as fast as the sound of wind when you’re on the freeway.
Repent of your complaining and stop relishing in bondage, soulful.
You cannot stay in your lane when you’re easily distracted. You’re easily distracted if you’re constantly scrolling through TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook or texting and checking your phone when you haven’t completed your work.
Distractions, even good ones, rob us of pursuing the call of God for our lives.
Be cautious of distractions.
A good thing doesn’t mean it’s a God thing.
Just so we’re clear, just because someone invited you to partake in a panel discussion or make an appearance at their event doesn’t mean God wants you to be a part of it.
Declining doesn’t mean their request is wrong, but it’s not lining up with the lane God has you in this season.
All people’s connections and opportunities are not for you and will cause you to drift from your lane.
Never Miss an Update!
Make the most of your time by ensuring you’re doing what God wants you to do and where you should be.
Resist the urge to check the stats of everyone else’s progress and success without prioritizing staying in your lane and obedience.
Your Christian life and the condition of your soul are not a marketing campaign or YouTube video.
You’re a living soul made in the image of God.
Statistics, numbers, and likes will never define your success in Christ. Therefore, pay attention to the spiritual things that matter, for your rewards are in heaven.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)
Proverbs 19:20 NKJV, Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days. There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.
Stay in your lane by being clear on what that looks like for you.
Pray for the spiritual successes of your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Trust the Holy Spirit and let him lead you down your lane by faith.
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