Today’s post is written by a dear friend of mine, Pastor Priji Varghese. He is a passionate lover of Jesus, a pioneer for God’s kingdom, a church and conference planter. Above all he is a wonderful friend and a brother in Christ. You may visit his website and subscribe to his blog and newsletters here.
I have been living in Bangalore for almost two and half years now, yet I get so irritated at times with the roads here. For one, unpredictable routes, detours and one ways have been a little confusing to get adjusted to. I once happened to miss a turn, and had to travel some extra kilometres to get back on track. That’s when I took my friend’s suggestion of using GPS seriously and downloaded a fun app on my phone. It turned the whole experience of travelling around! It pointed to the place I stood, and I even got lane by lane directions while I drove.
That made me wonder, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we lived our lives like that, listening to God before we make any move of ours, big or small? There are many who have a good start. They hear God’s voice and decide to follow it, like the Magi, who left their native land seeking Jesus, with the star steady in sight. Yet, en route, get diverted, fall off-track and are lost, like how the same Magi relied on people and their own understanding to guide them into the rest half of the journey.
That is where we all go wrong. Each time we look to ourselves and to world around us for advice and directions, we tend to lose track of what God wants us to do. Abraham heard God telling him to sacrifice Isaac and he got ready to do that. However, if he hadn’t been sensitive to God’s voice up there, even on the mountain, he would have lost Isaac! God often gives us incomplete messages, only so we may learn to rely on Him the next step, every day, every hour, directions that will take us to our destiny.
The Bible says in Romans 8:14; “For as many as are led by the Spirit, they are the sons of God”. Everyone who believes in Jesus is a child of God according to John 1:12. However our destiny is greater than that, it is to become the sons of God, it is to become as mature as Christ Himself. (Eph 4:15) Our destiny is not a great ministry or career, it should be nothing less than Jesus Himself. And like the magi, we all need a GPS that will take us to our destination, i.e Jesus.
And the Holy Spirit, His very personal presence is our GPS!
We all change schedules after listening to the weather channel, but Jesus was never led by weather forecasts. Instead he faced rough weather and troublesome people on being led by this GPS! How often do we really let the Holy Spirit lead us? When was the last time you rescheduled your plans listening to the Spirit’s voice?
Can we take a moment to think about it today? Have we been listening to the Spirit? If yes, then have we really allowed Him to lead us into our destiny, Jesus?
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22)