5/5/2009 - The Journey
Quiet Time 5-5-09: The Journey
The Christian walk is a life long journey. The noun definition of journey is “the process of traveling from one place to another.” Both the saved and un-saved are on a journey. We are all traveling from wherever we are now to wherever it is we are going. According to the Bible this journey will take the un-saved to destruction, death and eternity in hell; while the saved will overcome death and spend eternal life in heaven. There are no other places to end up. Whichever one of these places the journey of life ultimately takes us is solely dependent on whether or not we accept the gift of salvation. God’s saving grace and mercy is available to us through our faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. God sent His son Jesus to live on earth in human form to provide the example for us to follow and then to die on the cross for our sins (Praise be to God). The moment we believe this in our heart the Holy Spirit begins to work in us and we begin our journey to the Promised Land.
The journey is different for everyone. This world and our own free will make the journey difficult; but God can make it much easier if we seek His wisdom and guidance. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) says “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” It is comforting to know that we have the opportunity to let God be our navigation system on our journey. That doesn’t mean the journey will be easy, there will be times that the road is full of potholes, we may have a flat tire, run out of gas, transmission go out, windshield wipers not work, be in traffic jams or accidents . . . . the list goes on. When taking trips some like the interstate highway to get there quickly, others like the country scenic back roads. On the Christian journey these events can be unexpected and many times we do not understand them, but as long we allow God to be our navigation system we will end up where need to be. The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way? Proverbs 20:24 (NLT)
Too often we look at incidents along our Christian journey and analyze how it affects us or benefits us personally. Jesus never considered how anything affected him personally. As Christians we are to strive to become more like Christ, therefore we need to be concerned with how our journey affects others and what impact it has on God’s kingdom. If we use that mindset to determine our actions and emotions we will fulfill our primary purpose – to glorify God. Psalm 37:23 (NLT) The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
I’m ending this writing, with many thoughts left unwritten and much potential work left undone . . . the journey continues. I pray that God may use these words to further you along your journey. If you are not sure whether or not you have begun the journey that leads to everlasting life and would like to talk about it I will be available at your convenience.
. . . make smart choices, love everybody, be a blessing, I love you and have a great day.