Give me my scallop-shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My script of joy, immortal diet,
y bottle of salvation.
My gown of glory, hopes true gauge,
And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.

~Sir Walter Raleigh

A hiker, walking for pleasure, likes to choose between several alluring trails.
The pilgrim desires only the road that leads home.

~Frank W. Boreham

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Confused Directions

It's not the directions that are confusing. We are given all that is necessary for our pilgrimage, for staying the path, for blessing from God, for fellowship with our fellow man. It is given with clarity - and with repetition in case we miss it the first time.

Whether Deuteronomy or the Epistles, (and other places as well) what could be more clear than the ways in which we are to please our Lord?

Confusion always comes from the enemy. We know this is one of his most effective tactic, especially for stirring up discord among fellow believers, for causing us to miss important signs, for loosing sight of what is to be our real focus, for the way of Peace.

What is our calling? This has been pondered much of late. For me, it seems all can be reduced simply and succinctly.

The obvious starting place is "the choice that is set before us this day". Choice: life or death, obedience or stiff-necked disobedience. Preceding that, we are called to choose blessing or curse and while there is a very long list given for both, it all comes down to serving the Lord in obedience and with joy. And the 'joy' is as important as the obedience! (see Deut. 28.45-48; 30.19, 20) "for it is not an empty trifle for you: it is your very life." (32.47, Amp)

As the people of God, the Body of Christ, in the conducting ourselves rightly with one another perhaps it is wise to remember:

We are not called to be right, but to be righteous,
not to be good, but to be holy.

We are not called to be intellectual
but rather to be wise-hearted and spiritually discerning.

We are not to be agenda driven
but Spirit led.
Ours are not political issues, but Kingdom issues.

We are called to make disciples, to be disciples.
We are to love because of Calvary Love.

And as the Bard said "love is not love which alters when it alteration finds...."

When we miss the mark, the focus, the path, may we have someone not only able but willing to carry us midst the traffic of Life and set us aright once again.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for often giving me gentle course direction.