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What Direction Are You Going?

In the 1865 novel, Alice in Wonderland there is a very interesting dialog between Alice and the Cheshire Cat, where Alice ask for directions.

Alice:   “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” says the cat.

“I don’t much care where…,” says Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” says the cat.

This interesting discussion shows how Alice and unfortunately many today go through life like this.   Many watch as life passes them by because they have no direction in their life, they drift aimlessly from job to job, turn to alcohol or drugs, there simply is no enthusiasm, motivation or desire to improve their present condition.   The cat was right.   If you don’t care where you are headed, then most any road you choose will get you nowhere, as there is no destination, no point of focus in your life.   You have, as the football coach might say, no game plan.   When the children of Israel were freed from slavery in Egypt, Moses led them on a journey through the desert.   God told them:

15 "See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; 16 in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the LORD your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it   Deut 30:15-16

God told them they had a choice to make, that is, they could choose between two paths.   God set before them ‘life and prosperity’ and ‘death and adversity’.   God gave them a choice, but he also gave them hope, not hopelessness.   God said to love the LORD your God, walk in his ways and keep His commandments; in order that God may bless them.   God told them to choose life and notice this very carefully, “that you may live, you and your descendants”.   What God is saying is that our choices not only affect us, but affect the generations that follow us.   I worked in the Criminal Justice system for 25 years and what we know is that most alcoholics are the children of alcoholics.   Most abused children become abusers themselves.   What you do has an effect on others, particularly those you have influence over, such as your own children.  It can carry beyond what you do, you pass it on to your kids, they pass it on to their kids until someone comes along with enough strength to break the mold. 

The most successful people in life have a dream; they have a goal to strive toward.   If you want a successful career, you need to make that decision and then work toward that, either by training of some type or college.   The question is do you want a place in Heaven for all eternity?   We all do, that almost goes without saying, but it is automatic that we get that?   No, it is not.   Being in Heaven for all eternity is a goal all of us should have.   Paul, an Apostle of Christ, who wrote about ½ of the New Testament talked about his goal in scripture.  

13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.    Phil 3:13-14

Paul’s goal was the prize of the call of God.   Paul did not waste time about yesterday.   None of us can turn back the clock although most of us would like to for different reasons.   You cannot do that and Paul is telling us here that no matter what happened yesterday, no matter whether bad or good, that does not control his future.   He said he will “press on toward the goal”.   Both you and I have to press on to the goal too.   Everyone who is a Christian has to press on the goal.   Keep our focus on the dream, the dream of spending eternity with God and then make the dream a reality by keeping the faith.

All of us have choices we have to make.   God gives us a choice today, just as he did the Children of Israel in the desert centuries ago.   Jesus talks about this in many ways, but I will close with a passage from the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus is telling us the same thing, that we have a choice.

13 "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 "For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.   Matt 7:13-14

Jesus lays out the goal for us.   Two gates, two choices.   Jesus knew most would take the wide gate, the easy way out, but the gate that leads to eternal life with God is narrow and few people find it.   Who are the ones who find it?   If you are reading this, you just did.   Come join us at church, worship with us and walk with us on our journey to Heaven.

 

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