Rev. P. Pye
Matthew 7:13 – ‘But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life’
A speaker at our National Conference a couple of years ago said ‘Our destiny is to do with the journey and not just the arrival point!’ Some friends of ours until recently lived just south of the M4 near Reading in a house named Milestone Cottage. At their gate was the pot milestone that identified the old Reading to Basingstoke road and the distances to both destinations. It set me thinking as to what spiritual milestones we as leaders need to continue to traverse that reflect the road that leads to life and keep us on the track of our destiny and purpose. Here are a few to consider:
* Repentance – Luke 15:17-20 – If we are going the wrong way then a ‘change of mind that leads to a change of direction’ is the only option
* Renewal – 2 Corinthians 4:16 – When the bucket of ministry is empty through giving out personal replenishment is essential
* Remembering – Deuteronomy 8:18 – In the rush to forget the past, let’s also take time to remember God’s unending grace and faithfulness to us.
* Response – 1 Samuel 3:10 – When was the last time we sensitively gave The Lord room to speak to us on His terms?
* Righteousness – Isaiah 35:8-10 – Not self-righteousness, but doing the right thing even when it is inconvenient
* Repurpose – Isaiah 43:18-19 – The again, anew, afresh approach to life and ministry that makes it impossible for us to settle for anything less that an ongoing journey.
* Repair – Psalm 51:10-12 – The ‘punctured tyre’ either personally or relationally will only take us just a few metres ahead, find time to ‘make repair’, however uncomfortable that may be, the blessings will be incalculable.
Someone said ‘The road to life is determined by our values, they see not just the beginning but the end, they see things not in the light of time but eternity’ – Let’s continually pursue the road that leads to life.