Life’s Journey

Life is a journey and, with the Christian, has an end goal: Heaven. This being the case, we then need to be busy about plotting out our pilgrim journey and several concerns must be addressed.

As with any journey, we need to have a firm conviction concerning our destination. Without this contingency, we would wander aimlessly about, distracted by every sideshow along the way, and never reach a purposed destination. Let’s face it: few plan to go to Hell but we know that many will be there (Matthew 7:13-14) because they are “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:14) and lose focus on the final destination (Philippians 3:13-14). Further, we need sufficient provisions to make the journey. It is a fool’s expedition that sets out on a pilgrimage with insufficient supplies. Our Christian life demands sustenance, and that spiritual food can only come from God’s word (Philippians 4:19). The unique feature about God’s provision for His pilgrim saints is that the load is light and easy (Matthew 11:28-30) and our strength will grow as our hunger grows (1 Peter 2:2-3); God’s groceries are never insufficient (Matthew 5:6). Finally, our journey requires a companion-leader. The wisdom of wise company is self-evident, for “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise” (Proverbs 13:20), but “if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch” (Matthew 15:14). Having someone to lead the expedition who has been there, knows the way and will keep you safe is paramount, therefore, the greatest companion-leader with whom we can journey is God’s Son. Eighteen times in the Gospels, Jesus said, “Follow me.” He not only knows the way, He IS the Way (John 14:6).

No matter where we go, we should ask if we are you packed for the journey and in the company of the those who follow the only qualified Leader. No matter where your journey takes you, you can travel with confidence. “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour” (John 12:26).

Jeff Sweeten