Joseph Iregbu

Purpose Guy

Restoring the Forgotten Way

“Speed can kill. Slow down.”

That’s a familiar sign on our roads. But it’s a message I find very relevant to our Christian pilgrimage. We are accustomed to speed:

‘Fast’ foods, microwaves, 2-minute noodles, Amazon Dash Button (in case you haven’t heard!), Fibre-optic broadband… the list goes on. We want it quick and fast.

Forgotten Way

We’ve become a generation on the move; speed is our middle name. Information is on our fingertip. An internet connection that slows us down by 3 seconds is inconceivable — we can’t handle that. Not anymore.

Guilty as charged!

Sadly, we are increasingly allowing our appetite for speed define our relationship with God. Our quiet times are getting shorter and increasingly ‘noisy’.

Time spent in church is getting shorter; we’d rather watch a preacher on YouTube (and oh by the way, we have no complaints when the football match goes into extra time. We’re simply glued to the TV).

Time spent sharing the gospel is getting shorter; we’d rather ‘offer to pray for the sinners around us’.

We are losing spiritual sensitivity. We are guilty. I am guilty.

Our inability to linger in devotion is making us lose the God picture. Speed is killing our relationship with God. It’s distorting our priorities. Our roots are losing depth.

The Forgotten Way

But it’s time to reorder our priorities. Look at yourself in the mirror and ask:

“If I continue to live the way I do today, will I make heaven? Will I see God? (Hebrews 12:14)

Be brutally honest with yourself. The system around us suggests we can create our own rules. Unfortunately, we end up leading ourselves without divine direction.

Jesus said:

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” — Matthew 6:24.

The forgotten way is the singleness of heart to live solely for Christ and nothing else. It points us back to the Cross, where grace met us and cancelled our debts of sin (through His death and resurrection)

The forgotten way is where we daily reaffirm our commitment to Christ’s Lordship over us. In the end, nothing else will matter.

Slow down. Focus on what really matters. Restore the forgotten way in your life.

Image courtesy of Brendan Ó Sé | Flickr

About Joseph Iregbu

From a homeless, near-school-dropout to living a story worth telling. Purpose is my passion. What's your story?

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