Friday, January 16, 2009

2 Posts in one night?

Yes, two posts in one night! Why? because I haven't posted a lot this week, so I have some stuff to say...

Yogi Berra, great American that he was, is attributed as saying 'If you don't know where you're going, you'll wind up somewhere else."

Which is great fodder for contemplation: Where are you going? All of us are going from here to somewhere. Every person is walking a path that eventually ends with our bodies in a grave (or, various other disposal location.) So, is that the end? If that's how it all ends, if that's the only place you're going, then you have precious few days. I suggest you try to put more meaning into them.

However, I don't think that's the end. There is something inside most people that leads them to believe that there is more than the human life. So, where does it go? You can travel the whole world, and get lots of religious type answers. What's remarkable is their similarity. Many of the world's religions are based on people who claim God showed them something. Most of the rest are based on a belief that God, or some gods, are present in all of us, and some people just have a better grasp of that divine in all of us.

However, there is one other option: There once was a man who claimed, not to have something revealed by God, but to be God. And not to be God the same way anyone else ever was, but to be the One and Only, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. That one was Jesus Christ. What's significant? He, as God, knew where He had come from, and where He was going. He has not only moved toward the horizon, but has been beyond it. He came from that side, and testified to us about that life. I've been reading 1 John, how the fullness of everything we need to know about God is found in the Lord Jesus Christ. He knew where He was going, knew it would pause at a cross, and end with His resurrection.

I think, that as Believers in Jesus Christ, we need to regrasp our sense of where we are going. We aren't going to success, to possessions, to fame, fortune or ease. We may not be going to struggle or famine. All who are believers in Christ are going to heaven, to spend an eternity with Him. So, in truth, it's time to focus on the destination. And let's work to jettison all the stuff that slows us down, all the things we think are great right now, but have no use at all when we get there! (see joke linked here)
Moving toward the Horizon,

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