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DIRECTIONALLY CHALLENGED

Directionally Challenged

Several years ago while traveling with a team in Romania there were six vehicles in our mission trip caravan.  I am pretty good with directions and if I have been there before I can usually find my way back.  I almost feel an affinity to homing pigeons, for whatever reason.  The problem was convincing those driving to follow me and getting them to stay close enough to know when I turned or got on a different road.  Finally, they followed and away we went to the next destination.

 

Some people are not very good at following directions and they must admit that they are directionally challenged.  The same can be said about followers of Christ.  Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”  We must make sure we are on the right road and that we are headed in the right direction.  Discipleship begins with a clear, biblical definition.  What is your definition of a disciple?  Jesus said this in Matthew 4:19, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

 

Jesus is very clear in His definition; a disciple is someone who follows Him!  It is a simple invitation and indicates your acceptance of Jesus as Lord, leader, and master of your life.  Jesus leads, we follow, and it is that simple!  Being a disciple (follower) of Christ means that He is in front and we place ourselves behind Him.  Conversion is only the beginning of the journey and true conversion means a person is committing to following Jesus.  Psalms 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.” 

 

A disciple (follower) of Jesus is someone who knows who Jesus is, knows what He is like, and decides to follow Him.  A disciple (follower) of Jesus does not know the specific route He will take them on or what road of life they will travel but they still follow Him.  Sometimes the road is rough and rocky because Jesus never promised that it would be easy.  As a matter of fact, Jesus said this about following Him, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

 

The closer you are to Jesus the better you will be able to follow Him.  Here are three observations about being disciples (followers) of Jesus:

 

  1. Get right up on His bumper!  You cannot follow well from a distance.  You must remain up close so you do not get on the wrong road.  You may not understand all that it means to follow Christ when you begin the journey but you have decided to follow Him wherever He leads you.  Remember, if you are following Him, He is in front and you are behind.  You are in a no passing zone!
  2. Get so close you can read His license plate!  James 4:8 says, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you…”  You cannot get too close!  A disciple (follower) of Jesus understands that He is now the one in charge of guiding and directing their life.  Discipleship is a lifelong learning process.  We do not want to miss anything that He wants to show us or one detour that He wants us to travel.
  3. Trust His GPS!  Being a disciple (follower) of Jesus means that we are making the transition from being self-guided to Christ-guided.  Some have been taught that when you follow Jesus He will fulfill all of the wishes and plans they have for their lives but that is just not the case.  Trusting His GPS means that we have moved from being self-centered to being Christ centered in our journey.

 

Good news!  Even if you are directionally challenged you can follow Jesus!  Get right up on His bumper where you can read His license plate and allow heaven’s GPS to guide you on the path that will glorify Him.  When He stops along the way, wait on Him.  When He accelerates, make sure you stick right on his bumper because you cannot follow well from a distance.  When He goes down a bumpy rocky road, remember that He loves you and He has a purpose for choosing that path.  Jesus said, “Follow me!”  That means that He is out front leading the way!