As We Travel Life’s Way...
Many ask from other people, draw diagrams, check out maps on computer or better still, punch the address into the Global Positioning System (GPS) or personal devices for the directions to the places they want to go. The use of such devices that navigate your way until you arrive at your destination is very popular these days. However, several people still get lost, despite the fact that technology has made the locating of places much easier.
It is true that they also needed directions to certain places during Jesus’s time. You remember Jesus giving instructions to two of his disciples: “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. Say to the owner of the house he enters, 'The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?"' Mark 14:13, 14 (NIV).
The man carrying a jar of water was a sign for the two disciples to lead them to the house where Jesus would meet with the rest of his disciples. This sign served to motivate the two disciples on their way. It made their search for the place less cumbersome. By seeing the sign Jesus described, the disciples developed confidence in Jesus and His word. On the other hand, the man carrying the water had no idea of what was going on, but he remained committed to his mission.
Indeed, there may be someone whom we are not aware of, yet is looking at us for directions to meet with the Savior. What an exciting and encouraging experience one can have, when one sees in you the sign of what Jesus’ follower should be, “a loving and lovable Christian.” As we travel life’s way, our behavior, conduct, and positive attitude, can attract many to the Teacher!
We can be ready to guide others on their spiritual journey so that they can arrive at Jesus. Here are some ways that can help us be an effective guide to those who are seeking for directions in this life:
1. Have an authentic, regular prayer practice.
2. Develop an in-depth, daily personal Bible study
3. Share your faith often with others.