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On the Journey...
Monthly Insight From Pastor Phil Yoder
February 20, 2019
Choosing Our Journey
In the three years of Jesus’ earthly ministry, he traveled much of the time, going from place to place preaching, healing, casting out demons, and ministering in various ways. But he traveled, and he traveled a lot. Frequently, he would say to his disciples, “I need to go through Samaria,” or “I need to go to the other side of the lake,” or announce that he was going someplace. Jesus was very conscious and intentional about his journeys. Rarely did Jesus take the shortest route, or the quickest, or the smoothest, and never did he simply wander about aimlessly. He chose a particular route because there was someone along that way who needed healing, someone who needed deliverance, someone who needed Jesus’ words of forgiveness, someone who needed hope, or encouragement. Jesus consciously chose the way that led to the cross. Calvary was not an accident. Jesus chose it.
In our journey through life, let’s try to be like Jesus, and be intentional about choosing to go a particular way, and go with our eyes and our ears wide open, looking for those along that way who may need our love, our kindness, our embrace, or our words of encouragement, someone with whom we can share the good news and the love of Jesus. Life is not simply about reaching a destination. It is about the journey and what happens on that journey!