I have often talked about how most people are wanderers while the Christian is a pilgrim. What is the difference? The wanderer is a person who does not have a destination. Cain was the first wanderer; it was God’s punishment for murdering his brother and not caring. Wanderers are all around us, and easy to recognize. They walk in one direction until they bump into something, and then they change direction until they bump into something else. The pilgrim is a person with a destination. The Christian is a pilgrim because they have the promise of a destination – God.
How do we know the Christian is a pilgrim and not just a wanderer in different clothes? Pastor Ravi Zacharias put it this way, “Christianity gives us the answers to our questions of life; it tells us of our: Origin, meaning, morality, and destiny.”
Origin: “In the beginning God created …”
Meaning: To love God and know Him
Morality: The Ten Commandments
Destiny: To live with Him in eternity.
If you are tired of being a wanderer, and want to know the meaning of your life, may I suggest becoming a pilgrim; a follower of Jesus.
“The church of the living God, the pillar and ground of truth” (1Tim 3:15 KJV). A pillar is a column built on a foundation with the idea of giving something elevation. The lighthouse is a good metaphor for this verse in Timothy. The lighthouse is a pillar of many parts built on a foundation whose purpose is to elevate a light that will give warning to ships of pending danger. If the light is to be seen it must be lifted up.
The church is a lighthouse whose foundation is the Word of God. It is a pillar of many parts; the members of the church. Just as a lighthouse’s beacon must be lifted up in order to be seen, so the church must lift up Jesus in order for him to be seen. The church lifts up Jesus in order for His light to flash across the darkness.
The world needs to see Jesus, for there are dark stormed-tossed waters ahead on which mariners’ lives are being wrecked. There is a light that will save them; the light of Jesus. Are you helping to flash the light across those dark waters?
Lifting Him Up,
“Like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions” (Deut 32:11). A time comes when the Eagle disturbs the nest and pushes the young eaglet out. It falls struggling, unable to fly, and it looks like death. Then the mother leaves the nest, hurdling itself down to catch the eaglet, and carry it back to the nest on her pinions. The next day, and every day, the process is repeated until the eaglet becomes strong enough to fly, and joins its mother in flight.
Has God disturbed your life? Has He pushed you from your comfort zone? If so, it is in order for you to fulfill your life. Just as leaving the eaglet in the nest fails it in knowing the power that is within it, so God must show you the power that resides in you.
What is God doing with you? He is enabling you to discover the things in you which are of Himself. Has he pushed you out to what looks like disaster, only to bear you at the last minute on His pinions; again and again until he teaches you to soar.
“Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you” (Ps 139:7-12).
Our God Reigns,
Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Behind every person is a motive that drives them. It’s what makes us rise in the morning and work through the day. Even the lazy person has one; it’s to do nothing. We all have a passion that masters us, and that is what Jesus is dealing with in his words. He is saying if you have the right passion in life, you will find rest.
The Old Testament gives us Jesus’ passion, “…it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, O my God” (Ps 40:7-8). Examine Jesus’ life from beginning to end and you will see it is so.
We have a choice of what to carry into this New Year; God’s will, or our will. If you carry your will, you will be crushed. Jesus says, “My burden is light; take mine, it is the will of God.” It’s your choice which you will carry.