sexta-feira, 15 de março de 2019
THE NARROW PATH TO RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD - DAY 76
by Rev. Robert John Cericola, Carroll, OH - EUA
Hebrews 2:1 (AMP) SINCE ALL this is true, we ought to pay much closer attention than ever to the truths that we have heard, lest in any way we drift past [them] and slip away.
In this scripture, the writer of Hebrews is cautioning believers to stay focused on the truths they had heard and not drift away into false teaching.
The word drifting reminds me of a story my brother, David, told me of an experience he and a friend had while fishing off a string of islands named the Florida Keys.
Because his boat was not equipped with navigational equipment he always fished within binocular range of the buildings along the shoreline. However, on this day he and his friend became so focused on fishing that they forgot about the shoreline, and floated out into a shipping channel well away from the safety of the shore line. They finally realized where they were when an oil tanker began blowing it’s horn to warn that their boat was in their path.
Disoriented and not knowing which direction would lead to shore they chose to drive the boat ten minutes in one direction, stop, and use the binoculars to search for the shore line. After several failed attempts at locating the shore the sun was now going down, and the with the gasoline tank close to empty they made one more desperate attempt to locate the shore and safety.
This time when they looked through the binoculars a dim light appeared in the distance. Is the light from another tanker or from the safety of the shore? Knowing this would be their final attempt and risking a night at sea with no lights they drove toward the light and found the shore line.
Trying to build a relationship with Christ outside the safety of the Narrow Path of obedience will leave us with many failed attempts, the sun going down, and our gas tanks almost empty. However, when we focus on living our lives according to Christ’s command of loving one another as He loved us, He becomes intimately involved in revealing Himself to us. He wants us to know Him and therefore reveals Himself along the Narrow Path.
As you continue along your journey focus on knowing Jesus and He will help you grow deep in your relationship with Him. The difficulty comes only when through the cares of sustaining this life we lose focus on knowing Him. Stay focused on knowing Him and He will do the rest.