Destinations are determined by the roads we travel. Trusting in wrong directions will delay or block our ability to reach our desired location. Good intentions are not enough to secure intended outcomes. Direction, not intention, determines our destination.
Faith in Jesus’ atoning work upon the cross accomplishes new realities. We become brand new creatures in Christ, adopted into God’s family as His holy, beloved children. The holy life of Christ resides in us through the person of the Holy Spirit.
Yet, we struggle with believing who God says we are and finding the way to our appointed destination of holy character. Our behaviors often do not display the reality of our new holy identity. Why? We wander off the Highway of Holiness that God placed us on when we try to overcome entrenched patterns of sin without God’s wisdom and power. Decisions made independently of God steer us the wrong way.
As we come in dependent faith to Jesus, He redirects us from the road of struggle and failure to His paths of truth and love. He is our eternal rest station, filling us with His words and Spirit. These are the directions and fuel we need to persevere on the Highway of Holiness. The more time we spend with Jesus, following His instructions, the more we are empowered to navigate through the most dangerous road conditions. He delivers us through blinding rains of trouble and temptation into the glorious light of holy conduct and character.
Where are you heading in life? What road map are you following? Is your gas tank on empty? Come to Jesus, who is your way, your truth and your life. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you afresh with His power. He will keep you strong, infusing you with life-giving fuel and direction, delivering you safely to His heavenly kingdom.
“Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.”