How Do We Find Our Way?
I have a confession; I hate to get lost. When I was a young girl, I spent endless hours with my dad while my mom was at work. One thing we enjoyed was taking a drive, an aimless, nowhere special to go drive. These were great times until my dad upped the ante, and then suddenly we were running out of gas, and horrors of horrors we were lost! Of course we were not out of gas but more importantly we were not lost either. It was just a game to past the time, and if my dad had known he had single-handedly given me an honest to goodness phobia, he never would have played that game with me. Flash forward to me in my first car with a glove box full of maps. I was not going to get lost ever.
The truth is at sixteen I was very lost and there was no map in my glove box that could help me find my way. What I needed was a GPS, no not a Global Positioning System; but God’s Personal Savior.
"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:10
I told you before I felt a lot of anger toward God about being born with a birth defect. So, the last thing I wanted think about was what direction God wanted me to go; or the fact that I was spiritually lost. So although I thought I knew where I was going, thanks to my many maps, I did not understand how lost I really was. Sadly there are many of us in the same boat; even Thomas always the doubter was the one to ask Jesus how they would know how to find their way.
“Jesus said, I am the way and the truth and the life.” John 14:6
How do we find our way if the disciples were worried they would lose their way? A few years ago I took an on line course with Child Evangelism Fellowship on The Romans Road. This is a great method to share the Gospel in a simple way. With my phobia of getting lost, I love a salvation plan that includes a map with directions.
-----> The first turn on this trip starts with our acknowledgement that God is the Creator of everything, accepting our humble position in God’s plan for our lives. Romans 1:20-21
-----> Our next turn comes when we realize that we are sinners in need of forgiveness; knowing that none of us are worthy on our own. Romans 3:23
-----> On the road to salvation we have the potential for life through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ who made the way for us to be forgiven of our sins. Romans 5:8
-----> Make a U-turn and repent of those sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and we will have eternal life. Romans 6:23
-----> Continue on and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and we are saved. Romans 10:9-10
-----> You have reached your destination! Now live your life as if it is no longer yours but commit the rest of your life to Him. We are no longer lost because Jesus came to help us find our way.
I am just home from a 12 hour drive and although I am a long way from the young girl who kept maps in her glove box, I still worry over getting lost on the road. But I know that Jesus is my guide through the dark roads of life, and that means I will never be truly lost again. What about you, do you know where you’re going, and are you ready for the road?