How Far Is Your Journey To Be With God?

No matter who you are or what your life has been like so far, the rest of your life’s journey can be different. With God’s help, you can begin again.

– Billy Graham

Twenty-seven years of my life, I thought I was close to God. I had been devoted to go to mass twice a week, pray the rosary, say novenas and attend other religious functions. Little did I know that I have to journey far from all I know, to meet the True Jesus Christ of the Bible.

Bible Reading

Today’s devotional reading is from the Books of Acts 28:15. Please, read our recent devotional from the 1st Letter of Paul to the Corinthians 9:24-25: How To Acquire The Imperishable Crown Of Eternal Life?

Romans Journeyed Far To Meet Paul

Paul did not come to Rome for a vacation. He was sent there together with other Roman prisons. The Christian Romans, that heard Paul’s arrival, journeyed from far places to see him. When Paul saw them he thanked God, and took courage. Prison is not new for Paul, he even described himself as a prisoner of Christ (Ephesians 3:1). 

Furthermore, he journeyed far and wide to share the Gospel with pagan countries. And with all these comes moments of discouragements and loneliness. Nevertheless, Paul’s faith in Christ always prevailed. Moreover, seeing and hearing a good report from fellow Christ-followers always gave him the encouragement that the Gospel did not fall on deaf ears.

The First Step Makes The Far Journey Nearer

No matter where you think you are in life, the far journey becomes near with that first step. For Christians, that first step is repentance. The acknowledgement that we all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23). Furthermore, this recognition prepares us to accept Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. 

Humble yourself before God and accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. That is the first step in your journey to heaven. Once you have done this go to a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching local church. And they will be able to direct and support your next steps. God bless you on your journey.

Reflection

This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.
  1. Are you willing to journey a far distance towards Christ? Accept Jesus Now. 
  2. Was there a point in your life where you thought you were close to God? Read more.
  3. Was there a point in your life where you thought you were far from God?
  4. How do you feel in the presence of other Christ-followers?

Prayer

Father,

You are omnipotent and omnipresent, meaning you are everywhere, all of the time. Creator of time, You stretch and speed it up in accordance to Your will. Though we make choices and walk through the process of sanctification throughout our lives, all of our days are numbered. You are the God of our days and our lives.

You are close to the brokenhearted and ensure us that all will have the opportunity to hear Your word before Christ returns. For this reason, we do not lose hope in others. You never give up on us, so we will never give up on anyone. In our prayers, we will remember them and pray for softened hearts and open minds and ears to listen and learn. But we leave the restoration up to You. Only You can change hearts, shift minds, and enlighten souls to Your Truth.

For this reason, we do not worry about the status of the faith of others, yet, obediently continue to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ according to the Great Commission. By our words and our lives, we testify as witnesses to the One True God and salvation through Jesus Christ. We pray salvation for all people. Help us to love the people in our lives well, in Your honor, and to Your glory.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

(from Crosswalk.com)

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