In today’s world we live by using our GPS systems to allow us to get to our destination the quickest way possible. These systems are still built around the idea of a compass with directions of North, South, East and West. A compass will always point to True North based on magnetic fields. So, if a person wanted to get to the North Pole from anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, all they would have to do is follow the compass to get there.
Let’s take this idea of the compass, and place it into our everyday personal lives. We have continually heard people use the phrase “Moral Compass”. The definition of Moral Compass says it is anything which serves to guide a person’s decisions based on morals or virtues. So I read the part anything, and look at it as if a person can define their own morals. If a person can define their own morals, then it stands to reason that if a person decides that they are driven to do things that are considered wrong then they are still right by following their own Moral Compass. This sounds more like following the views and opinions placed on us by the world as a whole.
What type of compass would God want us to follow?
I contend that it is His Spiritual Compass. Not just a spiritual compass of any type of spirituality one wants to follow, but specifically focussed on God Himself. Just as a compass is set to point due North, our Spiritual Compass needs to be set directly to God’s Heart.
God loves us so much, and we are His children always. Even for those whom don’t believe the He is the only God, and Christ is our Saviour, He still has His focus completely on them. Our Lord wants everybody to come to know Him since He created everybody. We are able to know this through Scripture. One of the places in the Bible we can be sure He wants ALL people to come to him is John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)
We know God wants all to direct their lives to Him through the parts “The World” and “Whoever Believes”. The world means the entire world, and Whoever means exactly that everybody. God didn’t create only believers. He has given each of us a choice to accept Him or not. But be assured that the Lord is all about wanting a relationship with His most wonderful creation, humans.
To make our compass focus completely on God in all directions we first need to go to the Bible. In and of itself the Bible does nothing, but when it is opened and read it can do marvelous things for us throughout our lives. When we are setting up our Spiritual Compass, we must submit to God, and follow His ways.
Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart— they do no wrong but follow his ways. (Psalm 119:2, 3 NIV)
Seek Him is exactly the right way to look at this. We cannot just up and say we will do this or that for God without first seeking Him. Only after we seek Him can we strive to Follow Him. It is impossible to get somewhere if we don’t set directions to the spot and then follow them exactly. This is the same as when Jesus called Peter and his brother Andrew to become Apostles. They didn’t know anything but fishing, and Jesus knew they could be more with the right directions.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. (Matthew 4:19, 20 NIV)
These young brother dropped what they knew in life to follow Jesus. They had never met Jesus before, but the Spirit lead them to follow. Are you able to hear the voice of Christ saying “Come, follow me”? He is screaming it load and clearly for us to hear, but if we haven’t made our plans and set our compass straight towards Him we will never leave our worldly loves behind.
So I contend that we need to do certain things in order to set our Spiritual Compass to lead usmto God’s heart.
– Seek Him
– Pray to Him without ceasing for guidence
– Meditate in what God is saying to you
– Read the Bible, and learn to obey His Word
– Follow Him.
With these as our map it easy to recognize the direction we are going, and where God is taking us. I pray that we all put our focus on God so that He can help us navigate the world to eventually end up back in His arms. All we need to do is set our Spiritual Compass directly to God’s Heart.
Guest blogger and Christian Life Coach Michael Gage can be reached at email@example.com
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