The idea of travel to a distant land … how exciting!
Elephants! Rocky beaches, or sand, if we prefer! Voices in new and unfamiliar languages!
It seems an exotic escape, and we can imagine how glorious it will be.
Then the trip draws closer, and we begin to drag. Packing. Airline reservations. Choosing our accommodations … have we selected a good part of town or bad?
We can become overwhelmed before we even get on the road. We must choose to forge ahead, push aside the thought of ten, twelve, or fourteen hours in the air, and make that first step outside our door.
Philippians 3:14-16 describes our Christian walk much the same.
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.”
We are caught up in the excitement of Jesus when we first find salvation. We want to spend time with him, talk to other believers, and imagine ourselves in the splendor of heaven.
Then come the travel details. Putting aside our old life. Choosing to forge a new direction in Christ. Time in prayer and the Word.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed. Yet, our verse tells us what we must do.
“I press on toward the goal for the prize …”
We choose to step outside our comfort zone, mention the goodness of God to those we meet, and keep our eye on our heavenly destination. Ten, twelve, or fourteen years … even a lifetime of travel with Jesus is a minor inconvenience with how exciting our destination will be.
Salvation is our first step on our journey toward our exotic destination.
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