Sunday, August 4, 2013
Railroads: Bullet trains, Subways, and freight trains travel across the world.
Today I rode KTX the bullet train from Busan to Seoul. I'm not gonna lie, it wasn't as amazing as it was built up to be, I slept through an hour and a half of it. But the train went 200 miles an hour.
It makes me think about life. There's so many paths we can take. So many places to travel. So much in the world to see and do. Decisions, decisions, and more decisions.
Life's like the train stations. Sometimes it's hard to know which train you should go on. You never know what will happen if you choose a train until you experience it. Once you choose a train, you can't go back. You buy the ticket and go- no regrets. That train, event, or choice will change your life and shape your identity.
Choosing a major and choosing the person to spend your life with are huge decisions that will forever impact your life. Then you have to choose a place to live. You have to decide what relationships you value. You have to decide what your focus in life will be.
Different trains lead to different places, some around the world. Good decisions can lead to prosperity or happiness. Some mistakes come with high prices and lead to pain. But all decisions are insignificant, when compared to the one choice that has eternal consequences.
Do we know Jesus Christ and does He know us? There are many gods and many religions but in the end it will all come down to this one thing. How do you know if you know Jesus? Have you experienced agape love that comes only from God and are you learning how to love like Jesus? When you see the hungry, hurting, or the stranger do you see Jesus Christ and help that person? Knowing all about Jesus is not the same as knowing Jesus. You come to know Jesus by prayer and committing time to spend with Him.
Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
It's easy to worry about what we should do in life and about the "big decisions" we need to make like what college we should study, who we should date, and what our major should be. These our important decisions that we should prayerfully consider. But we should be most concerned about our relationship with Christ. When we truly learn to walk with God, so close that we can say He is my best friend, we will have to doubts what His will is for the rest of our lives.