I Need a Navigator

Today I drove by a turn I was supposed to make if I was going to end up at my planned destination.  I was deep in thought (a nice way to say I was daydreaming) when my wife’s voice broke into my consciousness and asked, “Where are you going?”  It would have been okay but it is happening more and more.  What is sad about this is we are not talking about driving in unfamiliar territory.  We are talking about being within 25 miles of home and I have lived here for over 20 years.  I need a navigator.

I am so happy Jesus called Himself “The Way.”  Making our way to God’s Kingdom should be fairly simple.  If we know Jesus we know “The Way.”  However, today when I missed my turn it wasn’t because I didn’t know the way to where I was going.  I knew.  I just got occupied.  Could it be that we can miss out on eternal life because even though we know the way we get preoccupied with life and don’t make the correct turns?

The “works” part of me.  The “I can do it” part of me.  The sermons I have listened to for most of my life want to me to respond with “Yes – we can be lost by not making the correct turns.”   But that smacks of me being driver and navigator and I don’t think that’s “The Gospel.”  I’m not sure we are lost because we make a few wrong turns.  God loves us so much He sends the Holy Spirit to be our guide (navigator).   When we get busy and forget He says, “Where are you going?”  And we wake up and then follow Jesus.

Written by Roger Bothwell on February 19, 2015

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