the map

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“How can a young person live a clean life? By carefully reading the map of your Word. I’m single-minded in pursuit of you; don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted.” (Psalm 119:9-10, MSG)

IMG_0901Ok, I’ll admit it, I’m directionally challenged. I’m thankful that GPS technology is so readily available these days, because even when I’m gong somewhere unfamiliar, I know I can trust the voice telling me to turn. And even in those times when I make a mistake, there is help to get back on track. GPS is great, but I went somewhere the other day that I had to navigate with a map. It had been a while since reading a map, and I had to think back to some of those skills I learned as a child: find out where you are, know where you want to go, and find the best path to get you there.

Your relationship with God follows a similar pattern:

  • find out where you are — lost, and in need of a savior;
  • know where you want to go — to heaven to live forever with God;
  • find the best path to get you there — through the forgiveness of sins in Jesus.

The map of God’s Word points to Jesus as the fulfillment of God promise to be you hope and salvation. God’s voice speaks to you to reveal where you are, awaken your desire of heaven, and show you how to get there with Jesus. The map isn’t just paper and ink, it is a person…the same (Jesus!) who told people to, “Follow me,” and declared, “I Am the Way.” Be single-minded in pursuit of the Lord, and trust him to get you where you want to be.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for Jesus, the map to get me to you. I know I am lost without you, and Jesus is the way to your presence. Help me to listen for your voice and follow you wherever you lead, especially in those times I make a wrong turn, trusting you to mercifully set me straight. I ask this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen

Have a great day,
Pastor Mark