|Posted on April 23, 2015 at 5:20 PM|
I am smiling as I type this because I absolutely LOVE that someone spoke up about my blog post: Warning: Don't Take Your Eyes Off Of Jesus specifically this part:
Dee -1, a Christian hip-hop artist, says in one of his songs "the journey's more important than the destination." Stop and think about that and you will realize that some of us focus so much on reaching Heaven that we miss out on living and loving in this life.
You see, even though he spoke up, he knew what I meant and where I was coming from. He said "I read the unwritten words." THAT IS AMAZING!!!! I am honored that he could do that; it means he really knows me. His concern is for those who read my blog and may not know me as well as he does. So for clarity I am going to explain my thinking.
I love Jesus! I live my life to serve and honor Him more than anything. At least I try. When I fail, and I do at times, I confess, repeant and keep walking- with Jesus. I have said this before: where I go He goes. This is why:
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Twenty years ago I made a decision to follow Jesus. I had spent the first twenty five years of my life living for myself. I understand both ways. I choose this path. I choose this JOURNEY! The journey through life in Christ.
The bible says "whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus" 1 John 2:6
The journey means NOTHING if you are not walking with the Lord.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians that if there was no resurrection, if Jesus had not come out of the tomb after being crucified, then there would be no reason to live for tomorrow because tomorrow we die.
And if there is no resurrection, "Let's feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!" 1 Corinthians 15:32b
BUT WE BELIEVE! We believe Jesus DID RISE from the grave and ascended into Heaven fourty days later. It is the foundation of our faith. We praise Him when we sing:
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future and life is worth the living just because He lives. (hymn lyrics)
You see, Tomorrow We Live!!!! Therefore, the journey is important.
The bible has plenty to say about the journey, about walking:
For even when I cannot see, I will walk by faith. 2 Corinthians 5:7
God's Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Psalm 119:105
We are to "walk while we have the light" John 12:35
Isaiah 40:31 says "They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint."
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil" Psalm 23:4
This was my original response to "the journey's more important than the destination."
I believe we are suppose to learn the things of God by living transparently and allow the Spirit of God to work in and through us. We are supposed to be a light in this dark world. A light only shines in the darkness so we have to know how to journey through the dark. Until we get to heaven we have to show and share the LOVE of God here on earth. It is what God wants for us: to love and be loved, to love Him and be loved by Him. It's really quite a beautiful concept when you've seen the dark and you see the Light, there is no better place to be than in the Light of God's LOVE.
Now you can clearly see that walking a life of FAITH on the journey of life is about being Christ-like, obeying God's Word, following Jesus' example and trusting God to help you out along the way. I struggled in this life before I met Jesus. I was miserable, I failed and there was no redemption for my failure until I accepted the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for my sins. My life is so much more bearable in Christ than it was without Him. I know my life is not easy. I know there is no one reading this who would rather walk in my shoes. But GOD goes with me!!!!
What I was trying to tell you in that blog post mentioned above is that I have learned a lot about the journey. I have learned through difficult situations, trying times, and gut wrenching self discovery, that each person along my journey has a purpose in my life. The pupose is by God's design and for His good will, not my personal gain or pleasure. The fact that I delight in God and see His hand in everything in my life makes it so that I DO actaully find pleasure in his plans for my life.
That my friends is why I wrote the blog. To tell you that I discovered how important the journey is!!! It does not mean that the journey is more important than God. It means that the journey is important because of God!!!
I hope you understand it more clearly. I did my homework and prayed not to be lazy in my writing for God. This is the answer to that prayer.
Now, if you are reading this on Friday April 24th.... pray for me! I am taking the train to Boston for the day by myself. I am enjoying the adventurous side of this journey. Going to another Christian Hip-Hop concert. Lecrae this time. Pray for my safe travels and protection in the big city. Thank You. God Bless!