6/23/16: Stay in Your Lane
At one point in my high school teaching career, I required my students to produce a slang dictionary for me. Whenever they would say a word or phrase I hadn’t heard, they would have to write it down, tell me what part of speech it was, define it, and use it in a sentence. This exercise not only showed the kids that I was interested in communicating with them, but it also increased my vocabulary.
An online resource carries on my tradition and allows me to continue to communicate in a contemporary fashion. The Urban Dictionary (www.urbandictionary.com) defines the phrase “stay in your lane” to mean “mind your own business, don’t be nosy, and keep moving straight ahead and don’t veer over into my personal affairs.” Other slang phrases meaning the same thing are “mind your own,” “take care of yours,” and “I got this.”
I found the disciples using the concept of staying in your lane in Acts chapter six. It seems as though the widows in this fledgling church were being neglected, complaints had arisen, and the people wanted the disciples to do something about it. The twelve called the people together and told them, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word” Acts 6:2-4 (NKJ). The people realized this was a good idea, so “…they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch” Acts 6:5 (NKJ).
The disciples realized their job was prayer and the ministry of the Word. Others were suited for the business aspect of making sure all the widows were taken care of. If the disciples had taken on the widow-distribution job, they would have taken time away from prayer and ministry of the Word. In other words, they knew to stay in their lane.
That’s the word for us today. Whatever God has called us to do, do that – stay in our own lane. Everyone’s God-given assignment is important in order to keep the whole highway flowing. Don’t stall. Notice from the Urban Dictionary definition that staying in our own lane requires movement. Once in our lane, let’s drive forward, continuing in the work God has called us to do.
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