Sunday, 19 July 2015

Are you on the right path?

The good news is that for directions to our heavenly Father we do not need to go and buy an expensive Sat Nav, because the best road map you will find is the Word of God!
We often hear people use expressions such as ‘life is full of twists and turns’ or ‘I’ve reached a crossroads in my life’ or ‘I’m back on track’ etc. to describe either how they are feeling or where they feel they are at that particular point in their lives. Also, reformed prisoners often use the term 'being back on the straight and narrow' to demonstrate that they have changed their ways.   All of these terms relate in one way or another to a journey or the direction in we which are travelling.  During our lives we are all on a very important journey, which will lead to us spending our eternity with our heavenly Father, or will it?  Well in fact the choice is ours.  

The good news is that for directions to our heavenly Father we do not need to go and buy an expensive Sat Nav, because the best road map you will find is the Word of God! Jesus himself tells us how to get onto the right path, but he also warns us that there is an alternative path that leads to destruction; Matthew 7: 13-14 ‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it’

It is fair to say that life can sometimes be difficult and challenging and there are roads, paths and gates that lead us to places we really do not want to be, resulting in captivity and despair.  In all situations whether we think so or not at the time, it is us that has free will to choose which road we take.  To help us to stay on the right path or to get us back on the right path if we have become distracted or lost, we must keep our eyes focused on Jesus who tells us; John 10:7 Therefore Jesus said again, ‘Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep’.  What a wonderful thought that when we are on the right path we can look up and see Jesus with his arms open wide beckoning us to come to him so that we can enter heaven through Him.  Why would we want to be on any other path?

If however we are currently experiencing difficulties, challenges or hardships in our life and feel that we are on the wrong path, then we should ask Jesus for guidance, he will not let us  down; Psalms 31:3-4 Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. Jesus is our shepherd and if we ask him for guidance and direction he will help to get us back onto the right path; John 10:3-4 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.  

As stated above in Matthew 7: 13-14 there are only two paths, however each one leads to a very different destination.  So back to the original question, are you on the right path? If you feel that you are on the wrong path and therefore travelling in the wrong direction then maybe it is time to change your travel plans!  If you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior then invite Him into your life right now.  If you do know Jesus but have stumbled off the path then go to Jesus and pray to Him. If you have sinned then repent, ask Him for forgiveness and then re-join the narrow path. You may feel that you are so far off the right path at present that there is no way back, but do not be deceived by the evil one into thinking this because; Ephesians 1:7 tells us that In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.  

Whilst preparing His disciples just before He was arrested and taken into glory, Jesus tells us that we will experience difficulties and troubles during our lives; John 16:33 ‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’ The big difference for those who believe is that we can be confident that He will help us in every circumstance, in every situation and in every part of our lives because He has overcome!  Praise God!  If you have taken a wrong turn in your life or your journey is taking you somewhere you really do not want to go then turn around!  The Gatekeeper is waiting for you right now to help to get you back on track and to help to give you the right direction in your life.  All you have to do is ask.  

Author: Gary O’Neill 

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