Nathaniel Stalling Jr is Pastor of Burning Bush Temple of Christ Church.
Modern technology is indeed wonderful and convenient. Being able to keep in touch with family and friends through small mobile devices, cell phones, tablets, etc., is remarkable. Computers, laptops and, smartwatches are all amazing inventions that we have come to rely on. We even rely on them to a fault. Many of us can’t function adequately without them. Imagine if you lost your cellphone. Even if you secured the use of someone else’s phone, would you remember the most important numbers on your phone? Probably not. Because the numbers on your phone are stored on it in such a way that you can retrieve any number quite easily. It’s just as easy to navigate from one place to another using the ‘Global Positioning System’ or, GPS, that comes preinstalled in your vehicle or, your phone. I find it quite useful, especially when I travel out of state. Its accuracy is amazing.
There is another GPS system that I want to talk about that is even more amazing and, is one hundred percent accurate. I call it ‘GOD’S POSITIONING SPIRIT’. Jesus talks about it with his disciples in the book of John. This is what He says:
“Do not let your heart be troubled (afraid, cowardly). Believe [confidently] in God and trust in Him, [have faith, hold on to it, rely on it, keep going, and] believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and I will take you to Myself so that where I am you may be also. And [to the place] where I am going, you know the way.” John 14:1-4 AMP
But one of his disciples, historically known as ‘doubting Thomas’, wanted more clarity. He didn’t want there to be any misunderstanding on where they were going and how to get there.
“Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going; so how can we know the way?” John 14:5 AMP
This question was probably prompted because of the exchange between Peter and the Lord in chapter 13 when he asked Jesus:
“Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow Me now; but you will be able to follow later.” John 14:36 AMP
It should be quite understandable why Thomas sought more clarity.
I remember a few years ago, pre-pandemic, I went to visit my son and oldest daughter in Columbus, Ohio. Driving from Detroit I knew how to get to Columbus, but I had no idea how to get to their address. You can guess what I did, right? I relied on the GPS in my car. What a relief to have such technology available to us today. I found the address without any problems. In the same way, I used the GPS system to get back home to Detroit, MI. Any doubts that I had concerning the accuracy of ‘Google Maps’ were gone.
Now I have a new home that came with different coordinates, a new address. As good as google maps are, it can’t help me navigate to my new home. Getting there requires something, or should I say someone, outside the scope of any kind of technology.
When Thomas asked, “...how can we know the way?” Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 NKJV.
Jesus clearly says he is our GPS (God Positioning Spirit). The only way to God the Father is through Him, God the Son. If we allow Jesus the Christ to be our navigator, he will lead us to our eternal heavenly destination. His guidance is one hundred percent accurate and one hundred percent sure. All we need to do is apply the correct address with God’s Positioning Spirit and follow the instructions:
“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation”. Romans 10:9, 10 NKJV
Always remember this address. This is the ‘way’ to our eternal home.
© 2021 Nathaniel Stalling Jr