If you were setting out on a trip, would you start without a plan, a map, or an destination? For most people, the instantaneous and absolute answer would be “no”. Why would you even think of launching out on a trip without a plan?
For many of us, though, without even thinking about it, we are living each day without a plan or a purpose. We get up, go through the motions of checking off the daily TO DO list, but the list doesn’t have a bigger picture in mind.
We focus on what will make us happy. We prioritize the things that we think will make us look good or get us noticed. We emphasize the things that give us immediate satisfaction. We believe that if we can get what’s on “our list” then we’ll have achieved what this life has to offer.
But does it, really? And if it may seem like it, then what? Does it last?
In John 14 Jesus is talking to His disciples about a place where He is going and that they can go there, too. He’s telling them about this place because He just told them that He was leaving and they’re sad. He does try to encourage them by telling them that they know the way, and He implies that they should follow.
Here’s what Jesus says first: ““Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
What a feeling the disciples must have felt to know that their Jesus was making a place for them to stay, and that even though He was leaving He was going to come back to get them. Jesus even encouraged them by saying that they actually knew the place He was going, as if to give them confidence in the relationship with Him while He was going to be gone.
But the disciples didn’t seem to really know that place Jesus was talking about. The emotions that come from this scripture seem to indicate that they were anxious about the future. When the disciples asked about this destination place, specifically, about how they would know the way, Jesus said this: “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
Jesus basically said that He was the answer to their anxiety, and that He is the answer to the major questions in life. In this very short statement from Jesus, He gave the answer to all of our fears:
- If you don’t know where to head in life, I am the way. Just follow me.
- If you don’t know what or whom to believe, I am the truth. You can believe me. I am not only the answer to what is true, I am Truth.
- If you want to really live and have the best life ever, I am Life. My life is “the” life to have.
Have you ever thought about where your life is headed? Are you struggling to find your way through each day?
Jesus’ words were meant to be words of comfort for the disciples, and they, too, can be comforting words for us.
If you’re heart is troubled, Jesus is the answer. Believe in God. Believe in Jesus. Hold on to the Holy Spirit to be your Comforter and your Guide. Claim Jesus’ words: I am the way, the truth, and the life!
Today, choose His way, choose His Truth, choose His life.