Having Arrived

Angi is drafting a workbook to accompany the group study of her colleague Darryl Tippens’ book Pilgrim Heart, and while perusing her work – and remembering Darryl’s from our LIFE Group’s study of it last summer and fall – it became “real” to me that God’s intention for us all along was to be on a journey.

Israel got in trouble when no longer bound for the promised land, but when they had occupied it – when they felt they had arrived, and were no longer on the journey.

They failed to exterminate the foreign gods. They coveted and stole the property to be wholly dedicated to God. Their worship at the tabernacle and temple became rote. Then they forgot to meditate on the law of God daily, and to read the law annually, and to live it out constantly.

Pretty much the same way that I live, and maybe that you live. I don’t drive out the things more important than God in my life. I want things more than I want Him. My worship becomes dutiful, but not heartfelt. I neglect God’s word for my life.

I feel I’ve “arrived,” as a Christian; blessed with grace and forgiveness. I don’t see my own distance from God anymore, or my life looking less and less like His Son’s instead of more and more like it. I’ve left the journey, and taken up comfortable residence in myself.

Oh, I’m not a horrible person; I don’t try to drown little fishes or pull the wings off of puppies.

I’m just all about me.

And I need to hear the call – like Abraham, like Moses, like Nehemiah, like Saul of Tarsus – to get up and get out of me and get on the road to a land that God will show me and a people yet un-reborn.

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9 thoughts on “Having Arrived

  1. Yes, great post. I will associate this with one of my biggest sins. Pride. Being all about me, not always deliberately, none-the-less, a struggle. I am right there with you on this. Call me out as well O’ God.

  2. great reminder, KeithJust a thought…when we do get to heaven, do you think we will have arrived, or will it be another journey? Will we still have to learn to praise God and live with one another in a perfect, sinless environment?And if not, what is to keep us from becoming lax in our praise and the way we handle ourselves, whatever that may mean there.?Okay, that’s three thoughts, but there you go.Again, thanks for this good nudge to get going.

  3. I dunno, don – I read on someone’s blog last year (wish I could remember whose!) that we might just spend our first few centuries in heaven running around screaming like crazy people, trying to adjust to the infinite righteousness and mercy of God’s presence. Though I’m not sure I can square that with God wiping away tears, as pictured in Revelation, it’s still worth pondering.Of course, I’m getting less keen about using the term “heaven” – I get the picture that there will be a new heaven AND a new earth, and God will make his dwelling place with man. On the other hand – as Mark Twain’s “Adam” character said of his departed “Eve,” <>Wherever she was, was Eden<> – and I believe <>Wherever God is, is heaven.<>Got no answers for you.Can’t wait to find them out, first-hand!

  4. “Of course, I’m getting less keen about using the term “heaven” – I get the picture that there will be a new heaven AND a new earth, and God will make his dwelling place with man. On the other hand – as Mark Twain’s “Adam” character said of his departed “Eve,” Wherever she was, was Eden – and I believe Wherever God is, is heaven.”..KBAgreed.I also heard another comment that made me think differently about heaven. The speaker was talking about eternity, and said instead of thinking of it as time piled upon more time forever (inconceivable to us), we should think of it as simply outside our time domain, and therefore not constrained by time. I know it may sound like a minor difference, but it helps me wrap my brain around it a little better.This has gotten a little off track. Back to the journey!!

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