EVERY JOURNEY STARTS SOMEWHERE
The most important step in any journey is the first one out of the doorway. It’’s the same with our spiritual journey as well. Before we can arrive at where we want to be at in our relationship with God we have to take a step out of our comfort zones and surrender our lives to God. If you haven’’t yet told God how much you need him and asked him to come into your life and forgive you, then everything else you have done previously has been a preparation for that moment when you decide to trust Jesus completely.
THE WINDING GREEN PATH THAT LEADS TO PARADISE
Jesus Christ himself said, “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.” Have you ever been hiking? If you have you know that some of the best trails are the overgrown little paths that are seldom used. These trails let you see and experience things that many others miss as they hurry along on the beaten path. God calls us to a different sort of life. A life with his values and his purposes. Just as earthly parents hope that their children will grow up to share their values, God loves us and desires that we should grow up spiritually and learn to love the things he loves.
REAL FAITH AND AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANITY
Once you’’ve traveled to the foot of the cross and made that decision to trust Jesus Christ with your soul, that is the beginning of eternal life and the beginning of the real adventure God created you for. In many respects becoming an authentic Christ follower is a lot like getting married. A wedding celebration marks the end of shopping around for the right mate and marks the beginning of two lives lived together as one. A wedding gets us into the marriage relationship, but it’’s what we do in the days and years to come that determines the depth and quality of that relationship. And just as in any good relationship communication is key. Getting closer to God starts with learning how to pray, getting into a good church, and building friendships with other people who are on the same journey. Setting your eyes to the horizon and feeling the wind on your face can be intimidating but some journeys are worth taking. Living in the luxurious grace and love of God––with the promise of Heaven before us, makes this one trip that everyone should take.
Pastor Dan Wolf