Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction.
When we accept Christ into our lives as our Lord and Savior, it begins a life long journey with an eternal destination. When you think about your Christian journey, there is a lot of emphases placed on fulfilling our purpose. I am NOT suggesting that we shouldn't seek God for our purpose and fulfill it. We absolutely should! (I am a supporter of that-hence the name purposed for a purpose.) However, our focus and efforts can become misplaced. We focus all our attention and efforts on fulfilling our purpose, forgoing what's most important, our condition, and transformation as we walk with Christ on the journey.
We can sometimes fall into the trap of thinking that our journey is a race. A race by definition is about time, who can get to the finish line the fastest.
A journey is about getting from one place to the next. Unlike a race, we may run in the physical, and we rush to the finish line. The bible does talk about the race we are in (insert scriptures) Our Christian race/journey operates differently. It isn't one that we rush through to get to the end. It would be best if you pace yourself. Why do you ask? Because trying to rush and speed things up to make things happen, often leaves us tired, frustrated, disappointed, overwhelmed, and more than likely making a mess.
Our lives have a plan and a purpose attached to it. We serve a God of the details. Every step, turn, every season of your life has been carefully planned out. He is the alpha and the omega. He is the God of your past, present, and future. I have found that when I try to get ahead of God instead of keeping pace with him, I eventually have to stop, turn around, and go back to God. I end up asking for forgiveness and for God's help. Typically to clean up my mess! Why do we do this to ourselves?? The truth is, God is sovereign; he can stop us, but he gives us free will. However, I think when we do this when we get ahead of God or go our way because we know a shortcut, we eventually have to come back to God for help, guidance, and direction. What a beautiful reminder that we can't successfully make the journey on our own and do what God has purposed us to do without His help. It also requires that we are in and stay in sync with God. Amos 3:3 talks about walking together and agreeing on the direction. If we plan to walk with Christ, we have to be in sync-and in agreement of the direction. To walk with God and in his direction is surrendering, surrendering to His will and His way.
Our walk with Christ is about the destination-and as believers, we know the final destination. Eternity with Christ-which, we are promised the moment we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior. After we accept Him, it then becomes about the journey; The transformation that takes place in us.
The journey is long, and it's hard. Partly because, as a follower of Christ, we must bear our cross just as Jesus did, and as James shares, trails are a natural part of life (scripture). The journey is also challenging because our flesh wants to know the plan detail by detail and right now. However, this is not how God works. If He told us all the details, faith wouldn't be required, would it? So we get tired, impatient, and we may even start to doubt. When this happens, I encourage you to keep walking, stay in sync as much as you can, and pray with every step. Ask God to help you regain focus and focus on Him, help your unbelief, to move you out of the way. Because our life is not ours, we are here for God to give Him glory and to fulfill His purposes here on earth. We are a vessel God is using to accomplish that! How honored we should feel because we don't deserve to be a part of something so great!
J.Branch is a wife, mother and child of God. She is passionate about helping others live the life they desire, have fruitful relationships and know who they were created to be and to live a life of purpose.
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