I’ll Find My Way at the Cross

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John 14:6, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

When we were in London for the Boundless Congress in July 2015, I was thrilled to finally get off the London underground train at the Charing Cross Station.  The local Londoners call it for short, “the Cross.”  Being at “the Cross,” reminded me of a story I heard from a British minister many years ago.  He said, “A five-year-old boy at play wandered away from home and was lost. He tried one street after another. Nothing looked familiar – nothing. Soon the lad was crying as he peered at buildings and signs, searching for home.

A helpful policeman found the frightened boy. He wiped away tears and asked the standard questions: do you remember the name of your street? – no; how about your house number – I don’t know; telephone number – it has a five in it, that’s all I remember. The policeman looked pensive. Suddenly the boy brightened and through his tears said eagerly, “Sir, take me to the Cross. I can find my way home from there!”

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  •  Busyness. As Christians, we often find the daily grind taking away from the path.  Some wander away due to the busyness of life.  They find themselves slowly drifting away from meeting with God due to the demands of a full schedule.
  • Suffering. Others wander away due to anger and sadness.  They recently experienced trying difficult times.  They have told themselves why stay on the path which brings so much pain?
  • Sin. Others have wandered away from the path due to temptations and sin.  The cunning lure of darkness has slowly pulled them away from the straight and narrow.  They are no longer the pious, holy people they used to be.  Sin is slowly devouring them.
  • Apathy.  Others have wandered away due to apathy.  They just do not care for anything.  They want to be left alone.  They do not care if they worship God or not.  Life is just bland.  Who cares, right?
  • Pleasures. Others have wandered away due to the luring joys and pleasures of this world.  The temporary joys and pleasures of the world have screamed louder and louder for their attention.  Without any shame, they have willingly walked away from God, to pursue these pleasures.

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Whatever the condition.  However you have ended where you are.  You will find our way home, if you go back to the Cross.  The way home goes by the Cross.  The Way of Salvation leads through Calvary.  If you find yourself wondering how you got where you are, just go back to the Cross for the best directions home.

Are you lost?  Are you wandering away from the Truth?

Hit the reset button.  Come back to the Cross.

There, you will find your way to Christ.

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Are You Heading the Wrong Way?

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II Corinthians 5:17, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Sir Wilfred Grenfell was a missionary to Labrador, and Newfoundland, Canada. A generous donor gave Sir Grenfell a boat for him to use on his missionary trips.  The boat would help the missionary navigate the treacherous waters around the islands.  One night, Sir Grenfell received a call for help from someone needing urgent medical attention.  He jumped into his new boat and headed towards the island from which the call had come.

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Though Sir Grenfell knew the location of the island, finding the island in the midst of the dark night proved difficult.  Sir Grenfell had to rely on the guidance of the compass.  He soon realized the compass was giving him wrong directions.  He could not spot any land in sight.  In fact, he was heading into the open sea waters.  He turned around the boat to return home.  He was fortunate to make it home safely.

On the following day, Sir Grenfell examined the boat compass.  He discovered the compass was malfunctioning.  The person who had affixed the compass onto the boat had used some steel screws instead of all brass screws.  Steel attracts magnets.  The steel screws had pulled the magnetic compass needle toward itself. Instead of following the True North, the boat compass had provided directions to itself.

The same is true of us humans.  We are born bent on following our self-interests rather than following the True God!  As humans we fail to chart our course towards God, instead we chart a course towards self-sufficiency.  We are born with an inherent desire to be self-centered, selfish, self-absorbed.

II Cor. 5:17 states we become new creatures at our conversion.

Colossians 1:13 States Jesus has rescued us from the powers of darkness.  He has brought us into the Kingdom of God.

Since Jesus came into our lives, we are now under new leadership.

Galatians 2:20 states our old selves have been crucified with Christ

Although we are now new creatures, the old self often rears its head.  Christ must reign.  We must, therefore, seek to follow His leadership.  We must no longer follow our former way of self-centeredness and selfishness.

  • Where are you headed?
  • Are you following God’s directions or your own?
  • How is it working for you?
  • What would your life look like if you followed God’s directions?
  •  What do you need to give up so you can follow God?