Do you find yourself getting off track spiritually? It’s easy to do. I’ve found in my life that it’s not usually a conscious decision to get off track…it’s usually a series of small, seemingly insignificant, decisions that add up over time.
If you find yourself off track, I want to suggest 3 steps to getting back on track.
- Confess. It’s important that you take responsibility for our choices. You need to be honest with yourself, God, and someone else. Tell God you’ve gotten off track and acknowledge your poor decisions before him. Sharing this with someone else can help “make it real” and provide some support for you as you seek to get back on track. 1 John 1:9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. God is ready and willing to forgive you for drifting away. He’s ready to welcome you back home.
- Receive. Accept God’s forgiveness. Believe the words of 1 John 1:9. Know that our God is loving and gracious (Psalm 103:8-10). You may know in your mind that God forgives you, but it needs to sink into your heart as well. An important part of getting back on track is recognizing that Jesus paid the price for that sin and He’s not asking you to pay for it.
- Adjust. Just as a GPS reroutes you when you get off track, you need to make the decision to change your course. When Jesus interacts with the woman caught in adultery he tells her he doesn’t condemn her, but then tells her to go and “sin no more” (John 8:10-11). Identifying where you went off course and why is an important step. As you gain clarity around that, you can identify new habits and patterns that can help you get on track and stay on track.
Whether you find yourself way off track, or just a little, I hope you’ll take time to consider these 3 steps and how you can get yourself back on track.