Our consciousness is a powerful thing. It is our compass that leads us to make the right moral decisions. For a Christian, our conscious must always point to “True North” which is always upwards to the sky towards our Heavenly Father. It is extremely important to ensure that our compasses are working, if not, they will lead us to places that we do not want to be. For example, if you planned a long hiking trip with your family but have a broken compass, what happens? If you are lucky, you can identify that you have a broken compass and you can fix your problem by either replacing it or by using someone else’s compass to save your trip. However, if you do not notice that your compass is broken, from the moment you start to travel forward your entire journey is doomed to fail. You will miss one checkpoint after another. It will get to the point where you are so lost that you do not know how to get back to your original destination by yourself.
Our life is like a long hiking trip. We have many destinations and adventures to take. However, if our compass is broken because it is not pointing to “True North” then we never get to where we need to be. God calls us to always be traveling towards Him and Him alone. If we start to let our consciousness get clouded and point towards another direction other than to Him, we will never reach our final destination. The sad part about this is that we may not even realize that we made this mistake until it is too late. This story that I am sharing with you has happened in real life. There were plenty of God’s people who got lost in their journey and misunderstood where their “True North” was. It caused them to get lost and confused and worst of all, they became too prideful to understand that they were wrong when they were being corrected, to begin with. They lost their way and there is a lot that we can learn from their mistakes. Now, let me share with you what happened and the three things that we can do to not follow in their footsteps.
It is written,“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” (Matthew 6:19-24, NASB).
A person’s attitude towards wealth or material things is a direct representation of where their moral compass is pointing. For the Pharisees, they believed that God blessed those He loved with material possessions. Due to their understanding, they consistently sought out ways to increase their material possessions. Their focus was on things that would decay over time or may get stolen instead of focusing on what was truly important and right in front of them, Jesus Christ. The Pharisees had this problem because their spiritual eyes were diseased. With their eyes, they were coveting money and material wealth. They were in spiritual darkness and did not even know it because their spiritual compass was pointing in the wrong direction. They became slaves to greed and because of it, they were failing to serve their true master, God. Their compass was not pointing to “True North” and because of it they never made it to their final destination. However, I have some good news for you today. We do not have to follow in the same footsteps. Now you may be asking yourself how can we not follow in their footsteps and I will answer you in three simple ways.
The first way to ensure that your compass is working and guiding you towards the right direction is by focusing on your relationship with Jesus Christ. It is written, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me,” (John 14:6, NASB). If your destination is godly living there is no other way to get there without the guidance and help of Jesus Christ. Since Jesus is the way, we can trust that if we follow in the footsteps that He set forth before us that we will be heading in the right direction in life. Also, by understanding that He is the truth, we can trust in His Word regardless of what we may think or what others may say. This is how we get to our Heavenly Father! However, it cannot be done unless we fully understand the significance of Jesus Christ in our lives. You see, a compass is made up of many parts. There is the housing that incases all the parts of the compass. Then, there is a magnetized needle that always points to the north. This is how a basic compass works. However, in our case, our body is the housing and if we have Jesus in us, He will always point us in the right direction which will always be north. It is up to us to always be looking at our compass, regardless of what obstacles get in our way. It is our choice to get to where God needs us to be and it cannot be done without Jesus Christ.
The second way to ensure that your compass is working is by finding value in what Christ finds value in. What I mean by this is to treasure your salvation over everything else. When we place a priority on things that will benefit our relationship with Jesus Christ, then we are having our priority set towards our salvation. To do this you must first be contempt with everything that you already have. If you are content with what God has already provided you with then it is very difficult to covet others for what they have. You understand that what you have is more than enough, and most importantly, you have your salvation which is eternal life in heaven. What more could you honestly ask for than that? No matter what treasures you store up for yourself, you cannot take it with you after you die. So do not focus on the things that will not bring glory to Christ. Focus on your character and to ensure that your moral compass is always pointing towards “True North.” That is what Jesus values, and that means that we should value it too. If we truly have Christ in us then His interests should become our own. It should drive us to move forward towards the direction of godliness instead of backward to a life of slavery and sin.
The last way to not make the same mistakes the Pharisees did is by studying God’s Word (the Bible), praying, and allowing the Holy Spirit to provide you with the discernment to apply it to your life. The Pharisees were masters of religious law. They were religious lawyers. They knew the religious laws in and out. They even knew all the gray areas that they could operate without breaking a single law. However, by focusing on the letter of the law, they missed its Spirit. We have the power to not make the same mistake. No matter how many Bible verses you can memorize, if you do not understand the Spirit behind them you will miss the bigger picture. You will miss how God wants you to apply it to your life or how to make your life a pleasing sacrifice to the Lord. This relationship between God’s Word and the Holy Spirit in your life takes time to cultivate and that is what you should be investing in instead of material possessions or things that distract you from your true journey. So don’t get distracted or allow worldly things to cloud your path.
Now that you have a clear understanding on how important having a good moral compass is, the consequences of allowing yourself to be fooled by a broken compass, and some ways that you can ensure you are traveling towards “True North,” I am confident that you can take some time today to reflect on where you currently are at in your journey and assess where you need to be. Without personal self-reflection, you will only be fooling yourself to think that you are where God wants you to be like the Pharisees did. That foolishness leads to pride and pride leads to a life of slavery and sin which causes you to lose your way in life and robs you from the final destination you would like to get to. So please take my words to heart and see the love behind them. Seek the Lord in everything you do and allow Jesus Christ to be your guide. Amen!
Please enjoy this short message by Pastor Ramon concerning what "True North" is. Also, please remember to leave a comment or like if you enjoyed the video.
Publiée par WBFM sur Dimanche 26 avril 2020