Sandie and I and the Armstrongs were headed down CA 4 to Concord Korean Church for the night of student presentations in the CLD Bible Teaching class. We were following printed directions, but the sun had already gone down which made it difficult to see inside the car. Once on Highway 4, I reached up and turned the overhead light on to read the next instruction. I recited "take Pacheco Road Exit" just as Pacheco Road exit passed us by on the right. Too late. We could u-turn at the next exit and try to hit it again, but traffic on the other side of 4 was all jammed up. I grabbed my iPhone and put in the address to Concord Korean and GPS did the rest. We got our alternate route and barely missed a beat. In the "old days" it would have been read the map by flashlight and who knows where we would come to.
The author of Hebrews 12 tells us as followers of Christ, as people of 'the Way,' as pursuers of His path, where we will come to. We will come ...
to The heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the Living God.
to Thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly.
to The church of the firstborn whose names are written in heaven.
to God, the judge of all men.
to The spirits of righteous men made perfect.
to Jesus the Mediator of a new covenant.
to The sprinkled Blood that speaks a supreme word.
to The unshakable Kingdom.
Wow! What a destination! And the way to arrive is only via GPS - God's Precious Son; God's Propitiating Sacrifice; God's Perfect Solution; God's Promised Salvation! "Be thankful," the text says. "Worship God in an acceptable manner, that is, with reverence and awe." If you're never lost because of GPS and you thank God for your Garmin, how much more should we be thankful for the 'Great Personal Sacrifice' that will transport us all the way to glory?
Since our destination is sure, how shall we act along the road? On the way to heaven, how shall we live? The author has some instructions for that -- "See to it that no bitter root grows up among you," See to it that no one is sexually immoral," "See to it that no one is godless." "See to it that you live in peace with all people," "See to it that you pursue holiness," and most of all "See to it that no one misses the grace of God!"
Don't let anyone miss Him. Don't let anyone remain lost when you know the way and what it all comes to.
Pray: Thank you, Lord, for the amazing glimpses of our promised eternal destination. Help me to live in such a way as to reflect the glory of the Kingdom to come. Jesus, guide every lost soul to the threshold of heaven and carry them over by Your cross.