Why are we so obsessed with our destinations? We are constantly pursuing the end results. The grade at the end of our test, the score at the end of the game, the dream job at the end of the promotions, the view at the end of the hike.
He takes us on a journey. A hike, sometimes with no clear path.
Unfortunately, so many of us do this in our relationship with God. Too often we are caught up in the event or the numbers and statistics, when God does not work in events or statistics. He takes us on a journey. A hike, sometimes with no clear path. It is a climb that draws us closer and closer to him.
God works in processes. The event is not his goal. His goal is relationship, it is growth. God wants you to walk with him, through the dark forest, through the dry desert, by the glorious scenery, in the excitement, in the fear. He guides you and helps you through the rocky patches, showing you which steps to take. God wants to teach you how to navigate your way.
You would be lost, wandering in the wilderness…
The past six months God has taken me on a journey closer to him. He has revealed and confirmed who He is, and my identity and authority in Him. Before, I only focused on the events in my own life as well as in other’s lives, instead of who I was in Christ. I stressed myself into perfection so there would be no possible way of me messing up God’s will. My belief was that there was one path, one opportunity, and if you veered away from that path there was no way of getting back on it. You would be lost, wandering in the wilderness, no longer adequate enough to be used or grown by God.
Now this seems extreme, but it was a problem that I did not even realize was there for the longest time. It only showed itself in small ways. It was disguised in my works, causing me to believe that I was simply a perfectionist, that I was afraid of disappointing others or messing up. I am convinced that I am not the only one fooled by this tormented view of how God works.
Here is what I have learned, you have to admit imperfection to grow. You have to be willing to be taught, to be led. At times you will have to take blind steps, and yes, you may leave the path that God has you on, but that does not mean you cannot find your way back. On the contrary, when you realize you have made a mistake it teaches you to recognize the next time you are headed in the wrong direction, it helps you track your path. When you ask, God will always create a detour for you. If you let Him continue to work in you, you will never be useless in carrying out his work here on earth.
We do not save, we do not change hearts, viewpoints, perceptions. We are simply instruments in God’s journey with others.
Here is another issue that results from having this type of mind set. You start to believe that there is only one way for someone to receive salvation. When I would talk to people who did not believe or know about God, I was so scared of saying something wrong, of messing up the moment. When in reality, God is in a process with them. I am only one curve in their journey of reaching salvation.
Maybe your part in God’s course for their salvation is to share your belief on the front of a ferry boat with a man whose name you do not know, or to tell your testimony to the random guy who offered you a lift. Take a hold of the opportunities you get. Share what you can, listen to the Holy Spirit for direction. But do not dwell on whether you did it right or not. We do not save, we do not change hearts, viewpoints, perceptions. We are simply instruments in God’s journey with others.
Do not take for granted the long climb God has you on, because every step you take upwards is one step closer to Him.
So why do we dwell on results? On events? Why have we ceased from focusing on the concepts learned, the shots made, the projects achieved, the work we have done, the scenery of the journey we are on? When that is what God is interested in. He does not care about what we achieve but instead in who we become while we are getting there. If we could only stop for one moment, and stop striving. Release our control and let our Heavenly Father work within us. Do not take for granted the long climb God has you on, because every step you take upwards is one step closer to Him. Stop worrying about the position you hold in others’ lives, because if your eyes are focused on God everything you say and do will come from Him. You, simply, will not be able to prevent yourself from reflecting His character.