August 15, 2019
What am I doing to help others find the way home? Am I traveling with others or traveling alone? Am I allowing others to travel alongside me to learn, share, and pray with me? More importantly, am I traveling with others to help them learn, share and pray? These are tough questions presented today when Pastor Selena spoke about “The Road Home.”
I consider myself an introvert. I don’t like groups, I hate being in the spotlight, I don’t chat with people I don’t know well, I’m awkward, and I definitely do not enjoy small talk! So, when the sermon focus was “The road home is not meant to be traveled alone. We are to walk it with one another,” I was ready to shut down.
My thoughts immediately turned inward. I don’t need to walk with others. I don’t need to share my burdens. I can do this; but then the Holy Spirit impressed upon me what if it’s not about me? What if I was needed to walk alongside someone else and help carry their burden? What if I was needed to pray for someone, help teach someone? I was definitely convicted.
My thoughts transitioned to: How can I do all these things for others? For me the first step is to ask myself, am I on the road home with Jesus? Is my heart in the right place? Am I spending enough time with my Father so my heart and thoughts can align with His Word? I know I can’t help others stay on the road home if I, myself, am not focused on God’s Word.
God doesn’t care I am introverted or awkward. He wants to use me to help others find the way to Him. He wants me to trust Him, to find strength in Him, to depend on Him, not me, and to lead others to Him. I am not able to do these things without His strength. I need Him to help carry the burden of others. I need His guidance so I can help lead others.
In the end, God’s Word tells us He is the way, the truth and the life and no one can come to the Father except through the Son. Matthew 7:14 states: But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life and only a few find it. We, the church, have a responsibility to help others find that road to Him. We must live it out in such a bold manner, others are drawn to it. It is our job to walk with our brothers and sisters in Christ, but also walk with the lost. We must carry each other when we are weak, tired, broken, scared, etc. We need to make sure the road home is being led by us.
Get out of your comfort zone and help others find The Road Home. Help them see that Jesus is the ONLY way.