TOPIC: THE CHRISTIAN JOURNEY EPISODE 2
SUB-TOPIC: THE RIGHT VEHICLES FOR THE CHRISTIAN JOURNEY.
“And I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3).
Thanks be to the Most High God for His great love and mercies upon our lives. It is my humble prayer that the Lord God would grant us wisdom to understand this episode. We shall continue with episode two (2) of “The Christian Journey” entitled THE RIGHT VEHICLES FOR THE CHRISTIAN JOURNEY.
One of the key vehicles that would convey you safely to your destination is FAITHFULNESS. At the very beginning, the Holy Spirit who is the driver enters the vehicle with the items needed for the journey. These items include gifts of the Spirit and other works that are entrusted into the hands of the Christian especially “the great commission” which is evangelism. All these items require the vehicle of faithfulness to carry them. “For the kingdom of God is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.” (Matthew 25:14). The goods were delivered to them however, the master did not instruct them as to which vehicle must be used to transport the goods. God has delivered the goods and items; the talents, the gifts, the great commission, needed for the Christian journey and Christians must endeavor to use the right vehicles such as, the vehicle of faithfulness to transport the goods not the vehicle of laziness, pride and many immoral vehicles. They were judged by their master according to the vehicle of faithfulness even though he did not instruct them to be faithful. The things of God must be done with much faithfulness and diligence.
Aside faithfulness, there is another vehicle which is HOLINESS. Our destination is a holy place therefore when one starts the journey by accepting the Lordship of Christ Jesus, his old vehicle (his unholy nature) is substituted with a new one which is holiness. Christians need to maintain this new man they have acquired through Christ Jesus our Lord. God created mankind to be a holy and blameless being before him but when these states were altered, God separated Himself from mankind. Christians however, acquired this holiness through Christ therefore, that link between God and Christians is restored. The Christian must maintain this vehicle of holiness and even if it breaks down in the middle of the road, the Holy Spirit, who is the chief driver will revive it again for journey ahead because without holiness, the journey will be tough, full of trials and hardships yet the Christian will not see the Lord. “…But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11b). You were washed, sanctified and justified before the journey therefore defend your holiness with the help of the Holy Spirit.
The last but not least of the vehicles to be discussed is OBEDIENCE. As Christians on a journey, we need to obey every instruction and direction from the Word. The Word provides the Christian with breath, food and life, in fact, that’s the only thing the Christian depends on throughout this journey. Christians must therefore pay heed to all instructions and directions therein. Saul was anointed by God as King over Israel, he went on all the missions but did not obey all the instructions to those missions. He tried to obey and please the people of Israel but ended up disobeying God. As Christians on a journey, we must endeavor to obey the Lord God in every line so that throughout the journey, disobedience shall be debited from our accounts and credited with obedience. Out of Saul’s disobedience in the mission, God was not pleased with his mission and God regretted He (God) made him (Saul) king over Israel. ‘Now the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, “I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as King, for he has turned back from following Me and has not performed My commandments.” And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to the Lord all night.’ (1 Samuel 15:10-11). Disobedience is a wrong vehicle which must be resisted.
NEXT (EPISODE 3): WRONG AND FALSE VEHICLES
May God help you to be faithful and obedient to His directions.
Oplerm Godwin Teye.