In this society today & right here in Corowa, we are finding ourselves doing the wrong things and turning up to all sorts of places we shouldn’t be. Like for example when I tried to find our church on Google maps, it took me to a fast food restaurant only meters up the road which doesn’t resemble our church at all. It did make me think whether we might try doing drive thru sermons or asking people whether they would like prayers with that or upsize their faith.
In finding this out, it also struck me that people in todays society replace church with all sorts of things in their lives. God is nowadays replaced with sport, sleeping in after a big night out on the town, meeting friends, shopping, fishing and the list goes on. The footy ground is now the temple, the TV is now the idol we worship, the smartphone is now our bible. But where is God in all this? Lost, misplaced and forgotten.
I often wonder what it will take to get the people coming back to the place where they need to be. Returning to the right place and not just some replacement for God. Nothing compares to God and his grace. We just need to look for him in the right places. He’s there pursuing us but so many people are running away from him, living their own lives and worshipping their own false God’s. Just like how we often over-ride our GPS systems when they tell us to go one way, we think we know a quicker or easier way. But in a foreign town, we’ll only end up getting lost and ending up at the wrong destination. (Like finding Corowa Presbyterian Church is a good example of how we can’t trust google maps).
God doesn’t want us to end up in the wrong destination. That’s why he sent his Son, Jesus Christ. To help us get back on track. Jesus is the Way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). He seeks us out when we least expect to meet him (e.g.. Zacchaeus or the woman who touched Jesus’ cloak). God leads us besides to green pastures and quiet waters (Psalm 23). We have plenty of examples how God, through Christ, leads us, directs us, guides us in the ways we should go.
So where is the destination we’re heading now? Is heaven locked into our GPS system? Is church or bible study a priority for us? Or are we replacing Christ with something inferior and unsatisfying? Let our destination be found with Christ in eternal glory.