Where do you want to go?

 

Lord, direct me throughout my journey so I can experience your plans for my life. Reveal the life-paths that are pleasing to you. Escort me along the way… —Psalm 25:4-5a (TPT)

Welcome to Crossroads Church.  Thanks so much for joining us for worship.  We pray that you will be encouraged and empowered as you spend time in the presence of God today! May signifies important things such as warmer temperatures, the opening of swimming pools, Memorial Day, and the end of the school year.  Every May, seniors look forward to completing their “tour of duty” in education.  What a joy it is to march to a platform, receive a diploma, and hear a pronouncement from a school administrator that you’re a graduate.  Those words, though brief, are priceless, aren’t they?  However, a short time later, a new reality begins to set in.  We are no longer under the care of teachers, we’re on our own.  Do you recall the panic that set in when you realized that you had to find a job that paid enough for you to live “on your own”?  You talk about a wake-up call! In the movie Alice In Wonderland, Alice is ambling along when she spots a talking Cheshire cat.  Alice says, “I was just wondering if you could help me find my way.”  The cat replies, “Well that depends on where you want to get to.”  Alice says she doesn’t know, to which the cat responds, “Then it really doesn’t matter which way you go.”  Hmmm… So what’s your plan?  Do you know where you’re going?  If so, how will you get there?  After all, direction only matters if you know your destination. The Word of God has much to say about direction and destination.  In John 14:6, Jesus says He is “the way, the truth, and the life.”  If our destination is the presence of God, we must go through Jesus.  In John 10:9-10, Jesus says, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  Clearly, direction determines destination. The Greek word for “way” in John 14 [hodos] means “a road; progress (the route, act, or distance); journey.” Jesus’s first followers recognized that their new belief system affected more than outward religious practices; it impacted the way they understood the meaning of life.  Following Jesus was way more than adhering to a set of rules; this new “way” was a tangible expression of the very life of Jesus.  There’s no better “way” than that! Have you ever gotten confused when driving somewhere you’d never been before?  There have been times when the Map app on my phone gave me a direction that just didn’t feel right, so I went with my “gut feeling”, making matters worse.  I typically circle the block a time or two to see if I can figure things out on my own.  Eventually, I’ll ask for help and get back on track.  You’ve done the same, right?  We’re all directionally challenged! If you continue down the path you’re on now, will you be satisfied with your destination?  God promises in Psalm 32:8, “I will stay close to you, instructing and guiding you along the pathway for your life. I will advise you along the way and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide.”  The Lord then urges us: “don’t be stubborn when I take you where you’ve not been before. . . . Just come with me!” —Psalm 32:9 Whether you are a graduating high school or college student or someone searching for direction, God has a “pathway for your life.”  He knows the “way” you should go.  Saul of Tarsus truly believed that the “way” he was going was pleasing to God.  He had an encounter with Christ on the Road to Damascus and spent three days in total blindness before he could truly see “the Way” (Acts 22:4).  Where are YOU going?  Are you open to direction or to correction?  Instead of feeling frustrated when your plans do not pan out, pray and wait.  Ask the Lord for HIS way forward.  Don’t be stubborn when He takes you where you’ve never been before.  He wants the best for you. HIS WAY is THE WAY.  God’s life-path for you is always best! Never Forget: YOU ARE LOVED!! Pastors Glenn & Diann Randall