Where are you going? This is a question that we ask many of our friends when they say they are going on a vacation. As parents we might say we are going to an amusement park which also has water slides. Or perhaps camping at a national park. As a married couple with no kids we might say that we are going to the Smithsonian Institution. Or some would say I am going to North Carolina to go golfing. Some will stay home and the only places they will go is to the doctor’s office, Valparaiso, some might go as far as Chesterton, Indiana Dunes State Park, and others may go to Michigan City, or even Bass Lake.
There are so many things to do and see in this country alone that we could spend a lifetime going to the many amusement parks, or campgrounds, as well as national parks, museums, and even golf courses. And even around here in Northwest Indiana there is much to do, from Hammond to South Bend and from Chesterton to Lafayette.
But let’s repeat the question, “Where are you going?” When you respond in faith you say, I’m on a journey through this “valley of the shadow of death” Psalm 23:4a to be brought home by my saving God, Jesus Christ. And some of you will ask how do I get there? It’s not on a map, or even in my GPS, (Global Positioning System). Some may even say it’s the BIBLE (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth). And yet, the BIBLE does not give you instructions in every situation.
Yet, Jesus does tell us how to get there. He says, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” John 14:6a. You can’t do anything to get there on your own. You won’t make it without going through Jesus and his forgiveness won for you. He is your GPS or map. He guides you through the forgiveness of the cross, which leads to eternal life in heaven.
This is what we can tell others who ask us why we go to church. We can respond with, “We’re on a journey to heaven, and Jesus and his cross are our guides. He will bring us to himself and bless us with the glories of heaven.”
So let’s ask the question one more time, “Where are you going?”
Your servant in Christ Jesus,