Journeys have a start and a finish, a beginning, and an end. Recently, I’ve focused on the need to see my ‘end’, in order for my journey to have purpose.
Our walk through life needs to have Christ in mind. Usually, I am pretty good at keeping Christ in the picture. Conveniently. You know the drill – a nice spiritual post here and there, attending a bible study every now and then, and maybe even communion if I can wake up on Sunday.
With this reflection though, I’ve come to a conclusion; if my goal IS Christ, then my walk IS Christ. My whole life, my daily routine, my thinking, my views, all need to be IN Him.
Yesterday I was on the phone with my Dad. We exchanged our common courtesies and with the subject change, I began speaking negatively about somebody who came up in conversation. My Dad quickly began to end the conversation, left me with some advice, and gave the phone to my Mom. In my mind, I was screaming “I’m not done ranting”…but he was done listening. Before saying goodbye, Dad succinctly told me,
“Try to view everyone with the eyes of Christ”
What a nugget of advice. In my heart, I started making excuses – like “well, it’s the truth…” or “I’m rarely gossiping, so this is ok.” We ended the call and I sat in silence alone afterwards.
What is it about my day that will lead me to my goal? Was that conversation useful? Sometimes I feel like I walk aimlessly, and it’s not getting me anywhere. Like those gossiping words, useless. Did nothing for me, or for anyone else.
Have you ever watched a mosquito? Ever try to guess where they’re flying next? The reason they’re so difficult to swat, is the randomness of their movement. I feel like they have no purpose in their flight patterns, just a lot of nonsensical motion.
I would hate to be a spiritual mosquito.
I don’t want to be full of haphazard spiritual efforts that amount to nothing, and don’t take me anywhere.
We agree journeys have a start and a finish. But where would I go if Christ is not in mind? He must be my goal, and the means by which I plan to arrive. This journey of life starts at birth, and we must work to heal our brokenness as we find our way to Him.
Let’s challenge ourselves to put on Christ’s eyes when viewing others. His mind, when thinking. His heart, when loving. His tongue, when speaking. His hands, when doing. I mean – why not? How else can I be more like Him? How else will I achieve my goal?
“I will sing of mercy and justice;
To You, O LORD, I will sing praises. I will behave wisely in a perfect way.
Oh, when will You come to me?
I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not cling to me. A perverse heart shall depart from me;
I will not know wickedness. Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor,
Him I will destroy;
The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart,
Him I will not endure. My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land,
That they may dwell with me;
He who walks in a perfect way,
He shall serve me. He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house;
He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence. Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land,
That I may cut off all the evildoers from the city of the LORD.”
(Psalms 101:1-8 NKJV)
Look at David’s voice! He is passionate about cleansing his land. This – brothers and sisters – is our responsibility. Let us cleanse the lands of our hearts, our minds, and souls. Let us remove from our house the evil ways. David knows God’s way, let’s make this effort to imitate. Remember that today, #1thingisneeded. Let us work to reach and dwell in the City of the Lord, in Christ.