Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Journey or The Destination?

Mountain path (c) Lisa Guinther 2014

There are many challenges to our walk with Christ, and it seems that there are many, many rules to follow; things we are told not to do, stuff we need to repent of, attitudes that need changing, and the trial it is to be gracious to others in our Christian community, when there are so many thing that we are sure need fixing…either in our local church or on the internet!

We sing of the glory to come, we long to finally be in that far country where every tear will be wiped away, the pain will end and we will be in the presence of the Lord.

Yes, it must be that it’s all about the destination.

Or is it?

I think we all forget the record of God’s plea for our hearts to be turned to him throughout the Old Testament, that we would cling to him, cry out to him, that we would seek him with “all our hearts, soul and strength”; in other words, with the entirety of our being.

Then when the promised Messiah came to earth, he reminded us (again) to love the Lord our God with the entirety of our being and “…love our neighbor as [ourselves]” that we should treat other as we wish to be treated; regardless of how we really are being treated by those other people, and without looking for a quid pro quo.

But in this process of growing in Christ, to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling” and the command (not suggestion) that we bear much fruit, it seems that all these rules and commands point to one over arching teaching: it is how we journey in this life that will determine our destination.

Think about it.

If you pray to God for others to be more loving to you...you practice it.

If you pray to God for others to be more gracious to you...you be the example.

If you pray to God for peace in the world...live in harmony with your actual neighbors (and find out who they are!)

The only way we will all grow up in the love and unity of the Faith, is for us to practice how we walk on our journey now.

That is where God can meet us and change us, prune and shape us; that His kingdom with be “on earth as it is in heaven.”


Amen.

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