Today followers of Jesus are known as Christians. However, this was not always the case. In the early days of the church they were known as “Followers of THE WAY” or “People of THE WAY.” This goes back to Jesus saying, “I am the way and the truth and the life…” (1) Later we became known as Christians.
My wife and I love road trips. When ever we are going somewhere the question that inevitably comes up is, “do you know the way.” This is a perfectly reasonable question. After all, if you don’t know the way, your chances of reaching your destination are greatly decreased. While this seems perfectly reasonable when planning a trip, we often don’t do the same thing when planning the course of our lives.
When planning a road trip we know what the destination is. However, in life we often don’t know what the destination is. We often don’t know what God has planned for us, but we do know THE WAY. So, you may be asking, “if I don’t know where I’m going, how can I know the way to get there?” Well, for humans this would be a good question, but we are not talking about humans here, we are talking about GOD!
You see, Jesus said that he was THE WAY. If you believe in THE WAY. If you trust THE WAY. If you know THE WAY, you don’t need to know the destination. You can just follow THE WAY and enjoy the destination when you get there. BUT, this is hard. If you don’t believe me try this little experiment:
- Get in the car with your spouse or some other person that you trust.
- Ask them to take you somewhere you have never been. Be sure to tell them not to tell you where you are going.
- Instruct this person to only give you direction as it is required. When it is time to turn, they will tell you which way to turn, but there will not be any advanced notice that a turn is coming up. Just enough notice to allow you to safely navigate the turn.
Try this and see how difficult this is. See how uncomfortable it is. We like to know where we are going. There is comfort that comes with knowing THE WAY. As we are driving and don’t know THE WAY or the destination every road that we approach represents a possible change in direction. But, since we don’t know, then we find ourselves approaching each new road with a bit of apprehension. Choosing to follow Jesus, can feel this way at first.
Jesus’ plan is perfect. I love my wife and I trust her to give me good directions. However, I still like to have some sense of where we are going. As much as I trust her, she is human and thus is prone to mistakes. Jesus does not make mistakes. Furthermore, He has had a plan for your life since before you were even born. Not just a plan, but a PERFECT plan. If you will submit to Jesus and follow his lead he will guide you down the path to his perfect plan.
What does this look like? If I am honest I’d have to say that I don’t have this figured out just yet. I am at the beginning of this journey. This is not to say that I have never followed Jesus, but it has not always been my standard. I am still figuring this out and I invite you to join me on this journey. I realize that many of you are probably much better at this than I am. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what this looks like in your life.
1.) John 14:6