TOPIC: THE CHRISTIAN JOURNEY
SUB-TOPIC: THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE.
“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).
Glory be to the Most High God for giving us the opportunity to continue this series “The Christian Journey”. It is therefore my humble prayer that the Lord would grant us the ability to understand this episode. This episode is centered on the driver of the vehicle for the Christian Journey.
It is necessary that, in this Christian journey, there must be a driver who initiates the journey. Even though, the passenger may have an idea about his destination, it is the driver who decides on the safest route to reach the destination. The Christian Journey could be likened to the physical journey that one embarks on which requires someone to steer the vehicle. The driver for the Christian journey is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit must fill the believer before he begins the journey; when one accepts the Lordship of Christ over his life, the Holy Spirit, who is the driver, comes to dwell in him. This gives the clear picture of the reason why Jesus told the disciples not to depart from Jerusalem until the promise of the Father, the Holy Spirit, comes upon them.
THE HOLY SPIRIT AS A DIRECTOR. The focus of this journey is to get to the destination safely. In order to accomplish this, the choice of path is necessary. The only way that leads to the destination, where the Father is, is the truth and Christ is the truth. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. This way is not known by anyone except the Holy Spirit leads him to it. The Holy Spirit leads the Christian to this way which goes to the Father. “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit drives the Christian on the truth which is Jesus Christ, the only way into the kingdom of God. Brethren, there is no any other way that leads to eternity except Jesus Christ. I beseech you therefore, to heed the directions of the Holy Spirit, for it is Him who leads us to this way and truth.
THE HOLY SPIRIT AS THE REPAIRER OF BROKEN VESSELS. In a journey, it gets to point where the vehicle encounters some level of breakdown. It is expected of the driver to try his possible best to repair the vehicle for the journey ahead because, as a driver, he is supposed to have a basic knowledge of vehicles. The Holy Spirit leads, directs and drives the Christian in this journey, thus, He is in charge of the Christian’s life but this happens only when the Christian surrenders fully to His leadings. The Christian journey can be smooth without a breakdown or fall because our Master went through the journey without a fall. However, as far as we are in the flesh, there may be an unconscious fall or breakdown and for this reason, the Holy Spirit is needed in the journey. The vehicle may breakdown on the way but in the presence of the driver, there is revival. Whenever the Christian falls, he will never remain on the ground but he will rise again in the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is always ready to break, melt, re-mould and fill us for the rest of the journey.
THE HOLY SPIRIT AS THE HELPER AND A WITNESS. One can never begin this journey without the Holy Spirit because it is Him that declares our legitimacy. As children of God, we are His heirs and joint heirs with Christ therefore, the Holy Spirit must declare our legitimacy because He is with and in us. “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God”. One becomes a son of God, a Christian on a journey, when he receives Christ, and he is filled and led by the Holy Spirit “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God”. The Christian must submit to the Holy Spirit for He is the promised Helper from the Father to be with us, dwell in us and help us in all aspects of our lives even in our weaknesses. “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:16-17). In times of troubles, He is our comforter and helper.
NEXT (EPISODE 5): THE FUEL FOR THE VEHICLE.
WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE FUEL FOR THIS JOURNEY?
May the Lord bless, help, empower and direct you throughout your Christian life.