This Is Jesus Series – Part 5
“Directs My Paths”
Where do you look when you need direction in life? Where do you find your answers when you have a big decision to make and you’re not sure what to do? Sometimes it can be hard to know if you’re on the right path in life. The reason is there are many crowding voices trying to tell you what to do. There are so many places you can turn to for direction.
Let’s talk about how you can trust Jesus to direct your path.
Often, Jesus is that last person that we turn when we need wisdom or guidance. We avoid Him because we’re afraid of the answer He’ll give us. Following Jesus usually takes us down the road less travelled, a narrow and difficult path.
“You can enter God’s kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way, but the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult and only a few ever find it.” (Matthew 7: 13-14)
Rarely will Jesus lead you in the same direction the rest of the world is travelling.
Generally, the path of the world will always lead you astray from what God intended for you from the beginning of time. Therefore, Jesus says to trust Him as leader.
You can trust Jesus to be your LORD because His path always leads to life.
When we call Jesus, Lord, we are declaring Him as Master; the one with absolute control.
What does it mean to call Jesus, Lord?
In Jesus’ time Augustus Caesar demanded to have absolute power and be treated and proclaimed as a god. To call someone else, Lord, was a rebellious act punishable by death. If Jesus is Lord, that means Caesar is not. Early Christians did not follow Jesus with half-hearted allegiance. They risked their lives to follow Jesus.
Jesus is our Lord and Master, who gave everything for us and is to be worshipped and followed with all our hearts. No one else deserves our allegiance and worship. “Lord” means that Jesus is God. As Lord, you are to give Jesus control over your entire life, for He deserves it. You cannot pick and choose what areas He can rule. If He is Lord, He is Lord of all.
Because He loves us, and gave His life for us, we can trust that He is always going to lead us on the best path. It is up to us to choose the narrow path.
So, how can we allow Jesus to lead us in life?
1) Seek His direction for every decision.
There are always consequences when we make decisions apart from Jesus. If we don’t seek God about our career, we can miss out on God’s best for our work. If we don’t seek Jesus’s direction with relationships, we can marry someone we shouldn’t be with. Sometimes avoiding Jesus’ guidance leads to worry instead of peace. We need to seek His direction for every decision.
2) Study the Bible to know what is true.
We need a moral foundation, which cuts through all the uncertainty and confusion of this age.
Every principle we need in life is found in God’s word. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”
The Bible is a light that shows you what is true and what is best for your life. You can trust the Bible to be truth because God loves you and wants the very best for you. We need to decide what truths we are going to live by. Jesus says we are wise when we listen and follow His words, because we are building our lives on a foundation that can’t be shaken.
3) Saturate your life with Godly teaching.
The apostle Paul mentored Timothy, who eventually went on to pastor a church. Paul encouraged Timothy to preach God’s word and be prepared for a time when people would look to their own desires, and seek direction from whomever said, “whatever their itching ears want them to hear” (2 Timothy 4:2-4).
This is why it is so important to come to church and allow God to saturate your life with His teaching. There are so many voices speaking into our lives every day: friends, family, and especially the media. Sometimes these voices itch our ears, because they tell us what we want to hear. They point us down the wide, easy path. Having a church family is important to our walk with Christ, pointing us in the right direction.
4) Surround yourself with His people for Godly advice
When you attend New Life, you’re surrounding yourself with people who are seeking God’s direction alongside you. Small groups are important to help with this as they put you in a place with people who want Godly advice, and can give you some, as well. “As iron sharps iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” (Proverbs 27:17).
5) Submit to Jesus as Lord
This may be the hardest one. When Caesar ruled the Roman Empire, he demanded that everyone submit to him as absolute Lord. He wanted absolute power and authority. If we’re not careful, there are a lot of things in our world today that will make the same demands of us. When we submit to Jesus Christ, we yield all control and authority to Him. He is the leader of everything we do.
“Jesus (said), ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.’” (John 14:6).
This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on December 16, 2018 at New Life Christian Church