As we enter fully into our New Year of
2015, oops–2016, many of us are already into our ‘routines’. Any hope of a ‘new leaf’ being turned over is, for all practical purposes, gone. Any lessons to reflect on and learn from last year and take into this year may already be forgotten, because of the crush of schedules and obligations. ‘Who has time to reflect and change?’ we might ask.
I want to encourage you to Push Back from the calendar, the time clock and the rat race…breathe, think, reflect and pray on this one question: What is your destination?
Seriously, where are you headed?
If you follow the same path in 2016 as you did in 2015 (and probably 2014 before that), where will you end up?
Will you be healthier? Will your relationships be stronger? Will you be doing something more fulfilling with your life?
Most importantly (in my mind anyway), is ‘Where will GOD be in your life’?
Many of us need to let this question bump around in our brains for a while, even if it messes us up.
‘What is your destination’?
Far too many people live as though we have no destination–we simply go through life, one day at a time, hoping that today is a little nicer, a little more profitable, a little less stressful than the day before.
If followed for 365 days, that will lead us to virtually the same exact spot.
We need to raise our eyes a bit. We need to shoot higher!
To start with, if our ‘Destination’ doesn’t include faith–real, practical, live it out FAITH–in Jesus Christ, then we are guilty, at best, of short-term thinking.
However, many people who do have faith–legit faith–in Jesus just don’t think much about their destination.
Paul wrote this to the Christians at Ephesus: “14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:14-16)
What is the ‘destination’ that Paul is speaking of? He says it in v. 15: We will “in become, in every respect, the mature [body of Christ]”. It is in the maturing–being made increasingly like Him–that should be our destination.
So, are we doing anything that will actually lead us there?
We’ve talked about it a lot around our church: Jesus promised His followers “Life to the Full” (John 10:10). How do we experience it? It starts with this: “we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ” (v. 15, NASB).
What are YOU doing to grow into Him–in all areas?
If you don’t know where to begin, or are having a hard time getting going, I encourage you to start with praying, searching the Scriptures and, if you don’t have a church that is helping you get there, come to KCC every Sunday at 9:30 or 11.
Let’s ‘go there’ together!