About two months ago, I convinced my family that we needed to take a four hour trip to Branson Missouri to check out a great show on the life of Joseph. With great anticipation for the evening scenery of Branson, we loaded some few items in the car, positioned our GPS on the dashboard and started out on this trip.
After driving through several roads that we are well familiar with from our previous travels, the GPS became adventurous. It led us onto a road that we had never used before and in just a few minutes on this back road lined with trees, the GPS announced that we had arrived at our destination. Are you kidding me, this is in the middle of nowhere, not our much anticipated hotel. This did not look like the hotel we saw in the pictures online.
This reminded me of our Christian life. This life is a journey. The fact that we are in a race is repeated many times in the word. We tell ourselves that we have arrived when we, in fact, are at a different location. We are probably in the woods but our friends and minds tell us that we have attained or arrived at the destination. This life is a journey and we need to have a clear picture of the destination so that we will know we are there when we get there. If we get there, we will know it. Do you have a clear picture if where your Christian life is headed?
The greatest hindrance to our growth and greatness is the illusion that we have arrived, when we are still lost or a long way away. Have you stopped growing spiritually? Have you found yourself bored with your life without progress? This may be because you think you have arrived. Paul said it the best way in Phil 3:12-13
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.
Do not consider yourself to have arrived. V12.
Apostle Paul was one of the greatest men in the faith to walk on the face of the earth. He had seen and heard the voice of Jesus. He had been used by God to perform many miracles and healing. He had reached more people and nations than we are reaching today with our technology. He wrote most of the new testament but he says that he has not arrived. If this is what this man of God says, what should we be telling ourselves? I have not arrived! I need to keep moving. I need to keep running. I need to keep taking step. I need to take the NEXT step now.
Write down what your next step is in your faith journey.
Is it giving your life to Christ? Is it baptism? Is it start attending a church regularly? Whatever it is, write it down.
Take the step. Press on. Just do it. V 12
For example, if your next step is to be baptized, take progressive actions like registering for baptism, email or call the church office for the dates of the next baptism day etc. If you can make one giant step, divide it into mini-step so that daily, you can do something to move forward.
Keep you mind on the goal. Do not stop until you see Him, Christ, who is our goal.
What is your next step today? Take it!