my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. John 8:14
During an end-of-year review, I was once told, “you are like a train on its tracks that once it gets going I could not take a baseball bat to your head to dislodge you.”
I responded with, “Thanks.”
He looked at me and said, “That is not a compliment.”
It made me wonder, where am I going?
A dangerous man is a man who knows where he is heading.
A powerful man is a man who knows where he is heading and why he is going.
A perfect man is a man who knows where, why and for whom. Because, His actions are always on behalf of someone else. That is what we see with Jesus. He is the perfect, powerful and dangerous man.
He knows where, why and for whom.
Where: “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” Luke 9:51 Like a train heading down its tracks, Jesus was determined to enter Jerusalem in order to be crucified.
Why: Jesus asks in John 12, “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” When confronted with an escape route, Jesus decided to persevere through the suffering because He knew why He came–to suffer a troubling soul. Instead of saying, “I am not ready” He said “Your will be done.”
For Whom: Jesus could have gone for the popular appeal that he “save himself” on the cross, but He knew that his Way, while not popular, was perfect Way because in order to save us He had to NOT save Himself. For we were helpless sinners: “Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.'” (Mark 2:17)
Jesus knows where, and why and for whom he lived and died.
Then He turns to invite you to come and follow Him.
So, where are you heading? Selfish or selfless pursuits?
And why are you going there? To earn your way in or in response to God’s abundant grace?
And for whom are you going this way?
Join Jeremiah 6:16 and take stock of where you have been because we all “Stand at the crossroads and look; asking for the ancient paths, asking where the good way is, and walking in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”
The promise is we will find rest when we are actively walking in His Way in order to help others find their way back to Him.