“For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.“
Memory verse: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;I will guide you with My eye. Psalm 32:8
Most journey starts with a destination in mind with a typical driver powering on a car and gracefully driving from point A to point B. Likewise, some journeys have no defined destination, might just be going for a random drive. Same driver, same car but two different purposes – One with a destination and another with none. You hear things like “I’m going for a drive to clear my head, breathe a little, get some air, etc.”. Usually time consciousness is not in the picture because the person in the picture isn’t heading anywhere important.
Our lives as humans can be categorized into those two groupings. Until a man gives his life to Christ and starts to walk as directed by God, every journey remains an aimless one. We see in the life of Saul of Tarsus, turned Apostle Paul, a Jew, educated and brought up in Jerusalem. He basically had everything going on well in his life or at least it seems so because he was well educated and had good understanding and presence. The world knew him as the well renowned man who was so hardworking to the point he prosecuted anyone who was acting contrary to the laws of the land, mostly Christians. As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison Acts 8:3.
As famous as Saul of Tarsus was, his life had no eternal direction. Saul had a redirection when God woke him up from his deep sleep and immediately there was a massive turn around. Those around him got confused because he went from aimlessly driving and interfering in everyone’s business to actually driving others towards Christ. He went from despising the followers of Jesus into fervently preaching the Gospel of that same Jesus.
With Paul’s conversation came a new destination hence he began to act like a man on a mission. Though he had a reputation before among Christians for persecuting them, he now became the one who wrote 13 books of the new testament because he was redirected.
The time our life spent walking in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries is just a road trip without a destination and the day we know Christ is the day we start driving with a destination. God cannot be mocked, even if we say we know Christ and continue in our past ways of life then we are still categorized as driving without a destination. Knowing Christ and living according to His commandment is the only way to truly not be wasting our time on earth.
Don’t be a sleeping Christian, it’s time for redirection. The destination is heaven and the only navigator is the Holyspirit. Any life lived without the presence of God cannot he headed towards heaven.
Where would you say you are headed?
- Father I thank you for another wonderful day in your presence full of grace
- Thank you for the grace not to ask amidst and to abide in you
- Thank you for your love and kindness, for your blessings all through
- Give me direction oh Lord and help me to live a purpose driven life till eternity
- Help me Lord to listen when you instruct and to grant me the wisdom to implement correctly
- I renounce and denounce laziness and I receive the anointing to pray without ceasing
- I am grateful for your protection, provision and for all that you do for me.
- I am thine O Lord, let me continually be in your camp, not to please the world but to please you Lord.
- I surrender all to you, I withhold nothing, I give myself away and I rededicate my all to you
- Help me to walk with you daily, live my life for you and be at the centre of it all
- Forgive me Lord of all my iniquities, bless me abundantly and make me a blessing unto others, in Jesus mighty name I pray, Amen.