3 kinds of Journeys

Deuteronomy 1:2: It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-barnea.

aircraft-479772_640Life is a journey, but there is a walk we start with God when we believe in Jesus. Jesus told Peter: follow me and I will make you a fisher of men (Matthew 4:19). He did not know how long the journey will be, but he was committed to Jesus.

Your commitment to the person of Jesus determines your commitment to a journey with him. You may not understand everything about the journey, things may not go according to your plan or thought, but since you are focused on him you maintain an even keel, and would eventually berth at the Hope harbour.

Along the journey, Peter discovered that Jesus was even more committed to him than he was to him.

He denied Jesus at the crunch time when he had vowed that he would not no matter what (Matthew 26:34, 75). But even after he did, Jesus restored him, brought him back on the journey and he went on to do great things for Jesus. Actually that “bump” was also part of the journey.

Jesus started his ministry journey, he succeeded and fulfilled the mind of God. At the end of it, he said: it is finished (John 19:30). That means he fulfilled the mandate he was given by God. He went through with the assigned journey for his life and succeeded.

Along the journey many things can come up. The journey of David to the throne was fraught with many dangers. But maybe he forgot that even after getting to the throne he was still on a journey with God, he slackened up, committed adultery with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, ending up with the greatest regret of his life because of the repercussions of that error (2Samuel 11, 1Kings 15:5).

James described the journey of sin (James 1:12-16). He said that temptation is about wrong desire getting enlarge to the point that it is ready to give birth to sin, which then leads to death. So we need to abort the sin process by whatever means possible before it is born.

Explaining that point to his audience, Jesus said that if your hands causes you to sin, cut it off, and if your eye causes you to sin pluck it out, it is better to enter into life maimed than with the whole body to be thrown into eternal fire (Mark 9:43-48). That means journey into sin ends in eternal fire.

There is also a journey into righteousness which stands with being born again, when we take on the cloth of righteousness Jesus gives us (2Corinthians 5:21). Jesus was made sin for us who knew no sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

The bible says that the path of the righteous is like a shining light that shines brighter and brighter until the perfect day. It means the Christian journey, should be one of progress. Though there may be seeming digression sometimes, as we move along the road, we will see that all things truly work together for our good (Romans 8:28).

Our journey is also that of constant change into the image of Jesus. While describing the mission of the fivefold ministers, Paul said they need to function till we all come to the unity of the faith, the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:10-15).

The reason Jesus is called the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), the alpha and omega (Revelation 1:8) is because, it is with his seed in us that we are regenerated, that we born again, it is also in his energy in us that propels us in the direction of our destiny and he is also the picture of our future (1John 3:2).

A journey can be described in three ways, corresponding to the three dimensions of our being: spirit (spiritual) soul (soulical) and body (physical) (1Thessalonians 5:23).

Spirit

It was a spiritual journey we made in Jesus when he moved us from the kingdom of darkness to light (Colossians 1:13). It happened instantaneously.  But there is another journey for our inheritance.

Paul committed the leaders of the church in Ephesus to God who is able to save them and give them an inheritance among those who are sanctified (Acts 20:32).

It is a spiritual journey when we move into the new dimensions of the purpose of God (inheritance) for us from one stage to the other. It is a spiritual journey into the purpose of God, as we take on the mantle of spiritual service that God wants you to assume.

When at the church in Antioch, Paul and Barnabas were sent forth by the Holy Spirit into a new mission for their lives, they made a spiritual journey, assumed new roles and responsibility in the divine scheme of things (Acts 13:1-3).

When Jesus was baptised in water by John the Baptist and the heaven opened and the Spirit of God coming upon him like a dove (Mark 1:10), he made a spiritual journey from being a carpenter to a man anointed with the Holy Spirit and power to go about doing good and healing those who are oppressed of the devil because God was with him (Acts 10:38).

Similarly in the experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we also make the transition in the spirit by faith. Paul asked the church in Galatia, when you received the Holy Spirit, was it by the hearing of faith or the works of the law (Galatians 3:1-5)? It was a rhetorical question and the answer was yes, they received the Holy Spirit through the hearing of faith. For spiritual journey we need faith, which is acting on the word of God.

Soul

There is a journey of transformation we should make in our soul. That was what Paul referred to when he said that we should not be stagnant, i.e. conform to this world, but be transformed (make a journey) by the renewal of our minds (Romans 12:1-2).

It is the journey of alignment with God in every way. It was the journey that the bible says that Enoch made. In the book of Genesis, we read: and Enoch walked with God 300 years after the birth of Methuselah because God took him (Genesis 5:22, 24). For the soul journey we need devotion.

Physical

Sometimes we need to make a physical journey fleeing from sin. That was exactly what Joseph did when caught in a corner by the lustful wife of his master, Potiphar (Genesis 39:7-12). It was not time for negotiation, but for movement in a physical sense away from the point of temptation.

Sometimes, to fulfil the divine assignment of God we need to make a physical journey.  God sent Jonah to Nineveh, but he had other ideas. He went in the opposite direction full of self-will but he was swallowed up by a whale and painfully redirected to his place of assignment.

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