In life we are all on many Journeys, some of these journeys are taken by everyone on earth who has ever lived. We grow old, that is an interesting journey everyone takes. Some raise a family, if we are lucky they are better than us when we are done, some of us have a career, some of us choose a journey to God. I should say some of us choose to put effort into our journey to God; even those who are non believers are on a journey away from God. Everyone gets to choose where there efforts to improve the journey go.
As I think about my journey to God I have often heard it said that if you believe in a god of some sort, that is good enough. I have also heard it said that there are certain things that have to be done and if they are not done then you go to hell. I know the question of heaven and hell is one that is the cause of much discussion and some contention, thus not the focus here, I would like to focus on the Journey.
As a child I had a simple understanding of God and Jesus and his role as Savior, I grew up rather sheltered and so did not have a grasp on all the forms and types of sin that is out here. As I grew older that understanding grew and the importance of the Saviors mission became more important. The big question came as I got into my late teen years, did I want to go out, have fun, journey into the world and make my mark, or should I follow the savior, learn the things that bring true happiness? To be honest I was in my late 30's or early 40's before I realized that was the choice I was making. Like I said I was very sheltered and still am, by choice.
The point I want to make is that my understanding of the truth changed as I grew older, the meaning of the scriptures changed as I could recognize how they related to each other. As a young child I believed, as I grew older that belief grew into faith as it motivated me to make choices and to act.
The real question is what do I do with the rest of my journey, do I set back and be satisfied in my faith or do I seek the gift of the spirit to develop a knowledge of our Father in Heaven and the Savior as Stephen did in the New Testament. Please understand this would be a goal that most likely few will ever reach. Yet in Psalms 46:10 we are told to be still and Know I am God, in Jeremiah 24:5-7 a promise was made to some of the Jew who would return from Chaldea that they would have a heart to KNOW the Lord, and last in Matthew 11:27 the savior said he will reveal to some, the Father, that they might know him.
In I Corinthians 3:9-15 we are called to labor for the Savior, some of our work will be gold or silver, some wood, some stubble. That work will be tried and some of it will burn (verse 15) but we can still be saved and that is the important part.
There have been times in my Journeys that I have been surprised by the direction the Lord has had me take, the help he has given me even when I didn't want it, the obstacles to overcome that faith and patience might grow.
I hope that this might help someone in there personal journey back to God.