Our Journey of Faith

Posted on 02. Nov, 2018 by in Random Stuff

In our crazy fast paced life, it seems we are always focusing on getting something completed: a goal, finishing a project or reaching a milestone or destination. Whether it’s a work project, a weight loss goal, or even a vacation destination, it seems our focus is to reach a pre-determined place. Unfortunately, this can carry over into our spiritual walk or journey of faith.

In my years of living for God, it seems that what has been presented as the Gospel is a focus on an eternal destination: heaven or hell. This is typically followed up with a list of do’s and don’ts to help ensure we will not miss out on heaven. Sadly, very little, in my experience, has been presented about the journey along the way.

While there is an eternal destiny we must all decide, much of the scripture indicates that God is desiring a process of change and restoration for us down here. In short, we should be focusing on our Journey of faith, more than our destination. After all, if we do this, our destination is determined!

According to dictionary.com, journey is defined as: “a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time” or “passage or progress from one stage to another.” The emphasis is on the process rather than the destination. Such is our journey of faith; our emphasis should not be on the destination, but the process of reaching the destination.

The Amplified Bible version of 2 Cor 3:18 states: “And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit.” (emphasis added). Paul is telling us we are on a journey of transformation to his image, one degree at a time.

The scripture is abundantly clear of the transformation process in our journey of faith. We can look at the lives of men and women in the scripture and note that God took them through a faith journey of transformation. David started as a shepherd boy and ended up a King. Joseph wend from a teenager to ruler of Egypt. Each individual’s journey of faith was not a straight line, but a winding tortuous route that included intense times of challenges and trials. While there was a final destination, there was a process of change during the journey, preparing them for the final destination.

James describes the challenges of the process of this journey: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (Jas 1:2-4) It is in the testing of our faith that produces a completeness in us.

Looking back on my 37 years of living for the Lord and at least 25 years of “official” ministry offers a perspective of the journey of faith. It is possible to see the process. I have come to the opinion because God is… has been, and will always be, He knows the end game from the beginning and He is more concerned about what we are becoming on our journey of faith.

Not to say is easy… that is why it is a faith journey. We all lack faith in certain areas, I see the journey as a means to provide opportunities for us to discover these areas AND to begin developing our faith. It is in the journey we learn to trust the one who called us, keeps us, orders the steps, pulls us back on the course when we wander, and the one who knows the end. The author and finisher….Jesus!

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